MICHIGAN’S MOST MEMORABLE SNOWSTORMS
Does anyone remember the blizzard of 1967? I most certainly do, because at the time I was only 11 years old.
The one thing I do remember is that temperatures were in the 50's and 60's in some parts of Michigan.
And then out of nowhere, winter showed up and Michigan was hit with a major snow storm. We received lots of snow, at least several feet of the white stuff.
According to grandpashorters.com:
An eight-mile long traffic backup occurred between Grand Rapids and Jackson, with drivers abandoning their cars and walking to a nearby farmhouse to spend the night. Kalamazoo took the brunt of the storm with 30 inches of snow falling. Eyewitnesses say the storm brought the state to a standstill for two days.
And who can ever forget about Michigan's major snow storm back in 1978? It was the perfect blizzard of '78.
I could not believe how much snow we got during that major snow storm. At the time I was working at WVIC on Mount Hope in Lansing.
Driving anywhere was literally impossible. Michigan was bombarded with snow. In some areas, up to 30 inches of snow.
According to The National Weather Service, The Blizzard of ‘78 was the worst winter storm to hit Michigan since record keeping began. Again falling on January 26 and 27, the lower peninsula was hit with 10 to 30 inches of snow depending on location.
I know this is hard to believe, but I did make it to work at WVIC during this massive snow storm. I just kept driving through the snow drifts and made it to work to make major announcements over the air.
To this day, I still cannot remember any snow storm as huge as the blizzard of '78.
Much of lower Michigan closed down for days due to impassable roads. In some areas, there were snow drifts high enough to bury houses. Approximately 20 people died in Michigan as a result of the storm, most from heart attacks suffered while trying to push cars from snow drifts and ditches.