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Ahead of ‘Nemo,’ Locals Remember 1978 Blizzard

Storm hit Long Island 35-years-ago this week.

High wind gusts, white-out conditions and over a foot of snow. It might sounds very familiar but this was the forecast for a snow storm that hit the Northeast 35 years ago this week when from Feb. 5 through Feb. 8 back in 1978 a blizzard blanketed the area.

There’s even a website dedicated to it and it has its own Wikipedia page.

Those old enough to remember it recall snowdrifts covering automobiles and days stuck indoors. (No Internet and for many, no cable television either. How did we survive?)

We asked on Facebook if people remembered the blizzard of 1978 and here’s what they told us.

“I lived in Port Jeff when it happen,” said Linda Mae Strong.

For those old enough to remember, Jenn Wolber might make you feel old.

“Sure,” she wrote. “I was exactly a year and one month old!”

Jacquelyn Smith Kirsch does remember it as the year she moved from Connecticut to Long Island at 9-yaers-old.

“My Dad had said that we'd like LI because the winter's weren't as bad here as they were up there,” she wrote. “We laughed and laughed… The snow was drifted 5' up the door of our new home.”

Audrey Eckie remembered too.

“I was in a body cast when the weight of the roof caved in on top of me,” she said.

Georgeine Roberto Coffin asked, “How can you forget?”

“I was 23,” said Brendan Duffy. “At 23, the whole year is a blizzard!”

Lisa Sobierajski Avila said that she remembers school cancelled for a week because of the storm.

“…then for another week for winter break,” she wrote. “We were all so happy until they told us they added extra days to the end of the school year to make up for it.”

And how high did the snow get?

“I had snow drifts to the top of my fence,” said Jill Siegel Metz.

Continue the conversation here. Do you remember the blizzard of 1978? Share your memories in the comments below.

Mels Ditties February 08, 2013 at 02:31 PM
It would be so nice to say I have no memory of that storm or that was before I was born, but no, I remember....We were young & oh so foolish!...As soon as the snow stopped, we dug out our car & drove to a friend's house (about 25 miles away!) just to party!...Ah, good times..good times...
MOTHER OF NINE February 16, 2013 at 01:34 AM
YES, I REMEMBER THAT DAY VERY WELL , I DELIVERED A SURPRISE PACKAGE OF TWIN BOYS AT MATHER HOSPITAL, DRS. BEEPER BATTERY WAS DEAD ,HE ARRIVED 30 MINUTES AFTE R THE FIRST BABY WAS BORN . THE SAME NURSE WAS THERE TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THE SURPRISE DELIVERY OF TWIN GIRLS ON FEB 19TH. I ALWAYS WISHED THAT I HAD HER NAME. TO THANK HER. SHE DESERVED TO BE PAID FOR BOTH DELIVERIES.INSTEAD OF THE OBSTERTRICIANS. ALWAYS WANTED TWINS BUT NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN . AFTER I ALREADY HAD 5 SINGLE BIRTHS . HAPPY MOTHER OF 9

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