The Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard of 1978 - Dayton, OH (Photo courtesy of Dayton Daily News Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University)

The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches. ~ e.e. cummings

If you were anywhere in the Miami Valley in 1978, you most likely remember very well what you were (or were not) doing 34 years ago today! On January 26-27, 1978, the region was hit with a major blizzard, one of three that struck the region in January and February that year. Over twelve inches of snow fell in 24-hours on January 26th alone!

Take a look at some of the terrific pictures captured by photographers from the Dayton Daily News, showing the effects of the blizzard, at our Dayton Daily News blog!

I, for one, am very grateful that all the rain of the past few days has not been snow instead — or we could have looked a lot like those blizzard photographs!



Filed under Archives, History

3 responses to “The Blizzard of 1978

  1. I was working in the Chicago suburbs when those storms were sweeping through. On one of those days I left my car at work and rode home with someone else. We were the only two to make it home that night because he could push while I drove his car. It was a terrible winter.

  2. Jerry Becker

    oh yeahhh! I worked on Fullerton near Damen Ave and lived off of Milwaukee near Addison. I used to take the bus home but on that day I started walking since the bus never came. Three miles later my totally pregnant wife standing on a snow drift at the corner of Kildare and Milwaukee spotted me in the distance in my wool plaid overcoat covered in a layer of snow from head to toe (including full beard) She thought I was lost

  3. John U Miller Sr, SSgt USAF (Retired)

    I lived in Page Manor, Wright – Patterson AFB. 5866 Access Road. The USAF Base closed down.

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