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Blizzard of 1968
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46 posts
Aug 13, 2010
9:55 AM
I constantly have passengers when it snows here in the DC area who tell me they are glad to have me as a driver because "You midwesterners really know how to handle the snow". To which I respond: Yeah, we do. When it gets too darn deep we put on a pot of coffee and wait for the plows to come through.
We were also equipped for the snow. In Huber they used one of those dinosaur-looking road graders to plow with.
I was either a freshman or a soph at Wayne (depending on whether it was the late or early part of '68) and I don't remember a meterological blizzard in the strict sense of the word, just A Ton Of Snow.
429 posts
Aug 13, 2010
11:53 PM
I remember it being about as close to a blizzard as anything I had seen to date. I recall a old man slipping and falling in the street at 3Rd & Ludlow, a tow truck driver from B&K made a u-turn on West 3Rd street and came back to block the street until he could help the old guy up and onto the sidewalk. I remember it like it was yesterday.
5 posts
Sep 19, 2010
3:25 PM
I have old Super 8 movie camera film of that storm. I'd grown up urban/suburban and just that summer moved to live on Kemp Road, right on the edge of the old Knollwood neighborhood. It was as country as it could be, to me at the time, because across the road from us were acres and acres of open farm fields. The snow blew across those fields and the 2 open acres up to our house on our side of the road. It all became covered with drifts as big as sand dunes, to my eyes.
Cars kept trying to get up over a rise in the roadway in front of my house and would slide off into the ditch instead. NOBODY made it over the hill until after plows were able to get through. I kept going to windows to check on things and filmed off and on.
After the snow had all but stopped, there was a long string of cars just sitting in the right lane of the east-bound traffic, headed over the hill. Eventually, a plow came in the left lane, headed up the hill. The cars in the right lane pulled over behind the plow, in order to follow it over as it cleared roadway. I grabbed my camera again because I had a feeling there were cars on the other side of the hill--westbound and in their own right lane. At the crest of the hill, the plow pulled over into the eastbound right lane and stopped, turned on every light it had, seeming to signal everyone to pay attention to what was happening there. What unfolds on the film is that here comes the westbound traffic, indeed with the right of way, coming over the hill, and the eastbound cars--in their wrong lane--had to back up and pull over, back into the deep, slippery snow, because the westbound folks just kept on coming.
Some day when I'm rich, I'll get my movies converted to CDs. By the time I'm rich, there will be some other, new technology to record it!

Last Edited by on Sep 19, 2010 3:31 PM
48 posts
Sep 19, 2010
6:27 PM
I remember a bis snow storm in March of 1968. We had a record (for the time) amount of snow for a 24 hour
period. The snow was deep and wet.

The amazing thing, was that by Sunday (2 days later), all the snow was gone, and it was 75 degrees!
4 posts
Dec 12, 2010
6:00 PM
Don't remember on in 1968 but there was one in the 70's
174 posts
Dec 12, 2010
7:29 PM
The one in the 70's was the blizzard of 1978,January to be exact.

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