One year before I packed up our family's belongings and moved to Connecticut in 1979, a monumental snow storm called the Blizzard of 1978 brought Connecticut to its knees. It not only dumped a record amount of snow in 33 hours, but its 86 mph hurricane-force winds brought zero visibility for travelers along with hundreds of thousands of power outages as well.

The storm snuck up on the state the morning of Sunday, February 5 and was initially known as "Storm Larry" in Connecticut. Most of the snow fell from Monday morning, February 6 to the evening of Tuesday, February 7 with Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts taking the brunt of the storm.

According to, the State of Texas sent 547 soldiers to help Connecticut combat the $25 million in damage along with evacuation efforts for the hundreds along Connecticut's coastline.

The Blizzard of 1978

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