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9 Frosty Facts About the Blizzard of 1978

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Do you remember the Blizzard of '78?

For many Hoosiers, few weather events loom larger in their memory than the Blizzard of 1978which raged from January 25 to January 27, 1978.

The blizzard brought life Indiana to a screeching, snow-covered halt. Indianapolis was buried under 20 inches of snow, while other parts of the state saw two or more feet of the white stuff.

The National Weather Service calls the blizzard a "once in a lifetime" event. And while many storms have tried to take the title of "Worst Blizzard in Indiana History" away from the Blizzard of 1978, but no other storm has come close.

Take a look back at Indiana's original "snow-pocalypse", with these 9 frosty facts: 

  1. January 1978 still holds the record for most snowfall in Indy in one month at 30.6 inches.
  2. The first-ever statewide blizzard warning was issued at 3:45 p.m. on January 25.
  3. The Indiana National Guard used tanks, armored personnel carriers, and heavy equipment to rescue stranded motorists.
  4. For only the third time since 1950, classes were cancelled at Purdue University.
  5. If you wanted to make a phone call, you were out of luck! Indiana Bell halted all phone traffic except emergency calls.
  6. Fierce winds made the wind chill dip down to a frigid -50 below 0.
  7. National Weather Service employees in Indy were trapped in their office for 74 hours--just over three days.
  8. The Blizzard of '78 marks the last time the Ohio River froze over. In Louisville, the ice was more than a foot thick!
  9. Franklin's "Daily Journal" was printed on pink paper so readers could find their newspapers in the snow.
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