Boston Remembers Blizzard of '78

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:42am

New storm to hit nearly 35 years after infamous blizzard.

Wednesday marked 35 years since the infamous Blizzard of '78, and the possibility of another big storm is bringing back some bad memories for some -- but much has changed since then.

On Feb. 6, 1978, people weren't warned of a blizzard. At the time, a "Snow Watch" was issued; a relatively common warning in New England.

Predicting wasn't easy though; there were no fancy computer models, no computers at all.

"If you walked into a weather office, it was a very classic sound; the click-clacking of teletypes," said Bob Thompson, National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service predicted six inches of snow, but New England got walloped: 25 inches in Boston -- some places got three feet of snow.

Sounds familiar to forecasts this week? Well there are some similarities, but don't expect the same outcome.

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