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The Blizzard of 1978: Photos Show the Historic Storm That Slammed the Northeastern United States

The Blizzard of 1978, also known as the Northeastern United States Blizzard was a catastrophic snowstorm that struck New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the New York metropolitan area. The Blizzard dropped 27.1 inches of snow on Boston. The snow fell so quickly, streets and highways were disappeared. Several cars stuck on the roads and streets. Nearly all economic activity was disrupted in the worst-hit areas. The Blizzard killed around 100 people and thousands of people were injured. It caused more than US$520 million (US$2.04 billion today) in damage.

The lack of foreknowledge about the severity of snowfall impacted a lot on the preparations. Although the weather forecasting was adequate in the 1970s, the snow failed to arrive in the pre-dawn hours reported on the media. People thought it to be another failed forecast. Thousands of people were caught in the middle of the storm. Many people were stranded in their cars along roads throughout New England.

#41 Truck driver James Truly is helped from the cab of his rig after spending most of five days buried in the truck beneath a huge snowdrift in Mansfield, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1978.

Truck driver James Truly is helped from the cab of his rig after spending most of five days buried in the truck beneath a huge snowdrift in Mansfield, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1978.

Truly stopped his semi-tractor trailer along Ohio Route 13 north of Mansfield during a massive blizzard. The storm raged for several days and snow completely covered the big rig. No one knew for a couple of days that Truly and his truck were in the drift. He was finally discovered on Jan. 31 when Ohio Air National Guard personnel were opening the state highway with a big snowblower. Mansfield News Journal photographer Alan King was there when Truly was rescued.

    Written by Aung Budhh

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