Today is the anniversary of the Great Blizzard of ’78

(Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth)

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1978.

The storm, which ultimately impacted much of the eastern half of the US, dumped 3 feet of snow on South Bend. Feet. Not inches.

The blizzard was actually the result of the merging of two separate storms, a pair of low pressure systems crashing into each other and being split by a high pressure system.

During the height of the storm, snow fell at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour across the northern part of Indiana, with sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph.

The Winter of ’77-’78 became one the coldest on record across the central and eastern United States, and was especially harsh across the lower Great Lakes with the coldest and snowiest winter since records were first kept in 1893.

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