35 years ago: The Blizzard of 1978 - New York News

35 years ago: The Blizzard of 1978

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Remember this? 35 years ago today, A rare severe blizzard -- the most severe grade of winter storm -- hit Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Storm dropped 40 inches of snow and had winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour -- causing drifts that buried some homes.

Governor William Milliken declared a state of emergency and called out the Michigan National Guard to aid stranded motorists and road crews.

The Michigan State Police pronounced Traverse City "unofficially closed" and warned area residents to stay home.

About 20 people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm, most due to heart attacks or traffic accidents.

At least one person died of exposure in a stranded automobile. Many were hospitalized for exposure, mostly from homes that lost power and heat.

About 100,000 cars were abandoned on Michigan highways, most of them in the southeast part of the state.

What do you remember? (add your comments blow)

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:56:44 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had over 300 jumps under his belt.
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had over 300 jumps under his belt.
  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
  • 2 children die in overnight NYC fire

    2 children die in overnight NYC fire

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:57:33 GMT
    Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived.
    Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices