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Blizzard of 1977

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In February of 1977 we had a blizzard that went for two or three days. All the roads were snowed shut including the Interstate highway. Diane and I lived in the country at the time. We were blessed in the fact that I made it home from work before it hit and that we did not lose our electricity. We had a wood burning fireplace which I kept going just in case.
I had noticed 2 cars car had become stuck in the snow just down from where we lived. During the storm there was not much anyone could do. Both of these cars are in their proper lanes in the roadway.

The morning after the storm had broken I noticed 2 people walking down the road. They were carrying snow shovels and a knapsack. I assumed they were the car owners and I thought to myself, “I will be a good neighbor. I will go help them.” I dressed for the weather, grabbed my snow shovel and headed down the road. The day was calm, cold, and incredibly quiet.
When I got to the cars I stood on the snow looking at the upcoming task. The picture shows the snow in front of me. The snow behind me was probably 2 or 3 times the distance to the car. I hoped the fellow had brought food in his knapsack because he was going to need it. I thought to myself, “I don’t even know these people. I am not that good of a neighbor after all. That is a lot of snow to move”

As I was standing there contemplating how good a neighbor I really wanted to be I heard a noise. It shattered the silence we had been used to for the past couple of days. I looked down the road and saw a County tractor shovel coming. He would scoop snow and push it to the side of the road. We were saved!

The tractor shovel continued to come toward us. When he got to the cars he snaked around then and cleared as close as he could. After he got through we were able to shovel what was now a reasonable amount of snow. The cars were freed and soon continued home. The road was open!

The last picture is on the same road a few miles away, the day after. The County did a nice job of clearing the road.

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    Hi Dave, Great Blog. We had a snow storm in 2010. Three feet of snow only, but we live in the coast range with drop offs and our snow is always a combination of slush and ice, slippery than a wet skating rink. Many afternoons, I shoveled a path in the driveway so I could walk down to the highway which was clear and hitch a ride with a neighbor just to get out. Every night the slush would freeze and get another coating of snow. After three weeks of being house bound as soon as I could get out I bought an SUV. We have only had three days of snow since. It figures. LOL Thanks for the memories.

    Regarding the persimmons. I always check the wooly bear caterpillar stripes.
    2335 days ago
    My husband and I were talking about the snow falls we have gotten in the past just the other day. Several people around where I live try to do the "ol wives tales" to predict it and one is if you have fog in August then snow in February on those days...so looks like we may have a snowy winter if it goes that way. I check my persimmon seeds..shovel is snow and knife is no snow.
    2344 days ago
    Dave, I was in high school that year and we had a "snow day" in January where the school closed and they sent us home cause it was snowing and we didn't have heat in the school, LOL! This was in S. Fla near Ft. Lauderdale.

    I would not have the first clue what to do with that much snow! I've only ever seen it a few times and never a blizzard. emoticon
    2346 days ago
    Oh how I remember that storm and that year - it was the year I graduated from high school and my boyfreind was stuck in Buffalo - lol!
    2347 days ago
    Wow I remember that year and that was the year I also graduated from high school.
    2347 days ago
    Dave, our blizzard hit in March of 1977 the weekend of my wedding. My husband and I made it to the church but his family was all snowed out. We married without them and are still together today. His family had cattle and had to have hay dropped down by helicopter to keep the cattle alive. I remember that thousands of head of cattle perished throughout Kansas.
    2347 days ago
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