The Blizzard of ’78

Rte. 128 at East St.
Driving around the narrowed streets of Dedham and listening to the news stories of buildings collapsing under the weight of snow naturally causes one to think back to the Blizzard of ’78, which occurred 33 years ago this week. Now 33 years isn’t all that long ago, yet I find it hard to recall many specific details about the storm. Some of my recollections include: walking out to Rte. 128 near East St. to look at all the abandoned cars- people walking from Roche Bros. in Westwood pulling sleds with groceries-watching some guy in a tiny jeep try to plow Tower St. (he finally gave up and left the jeep there in front of the mountainous pile of snow he’d created).

I was working at Wrangler Wranch in the Mall at the time, and I remember some time after the blizzard getting a check from the state for the missed work days due to the state of emergency that kept the Mall closed. What are your Blizzard of ’78 memories?

Etna Rd. and Capen School
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5 Comments on “The Blizzard of ’78”

  1. Rob Connelly Says:

    I left Curry College to head home in my 72 Mustang when it started snowing in the early afternoon very heavily. If I had left the campus any later I would have been stuck on RT#128 like all those other vehicles for several days.

    Seeing the devastation in Scituae the next day was unbelieveable! I also recall Marshall Law being enacted. Luckily my dad owned a rubbish company at the time and we never got hassled when drving in his trucks when we need to go out.


    • jameslparr Says:

      I too commuted home from college in Bridgewater the day the storm started- I remember it snowing on the ride home, but had no clue as to just what a storm it would become.


      • Darlene Sullivan Says:

        Pretty scary ride home from Bridgewater state that day. I think I had a few heart attacks after I dropped you off and drove those last few miles from Tower Street to Washington Street.


      • Jim Parr Says:

        Thanks for being a good driver, Darlene. Was that car some shade of metallic green Chrysler or Ford, with a plush, velvety green interior?


  2. KristenSweeney Says:

    I was in middle school in 1978…it was a surprise that they sent the school buses to take us home early that day…and being a kid, we made the best of it…at the time we had many elderly neighbors on my street and every day we’d check in on them and walk to the grocery store (three miles away) with our sleds to purchase anything they needed…I’ll never forget that…


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