What Are Your Memories Of The Blizzard Of '78, Shrewsbury?

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A photo from blizzardof78.org shows a snowbound Route 9 in Southborough in the aftermath of the Blizzard of '78.
A photo from blizzardof78.org shows a snowbound Route 9 in Southborough in the aftermath of the Blizzard of '78. Photo Credit: blizzardof78.org

WORCESTER COUNTY – Worcester County is expected to be walloped by a powerful snowstorm Friday morning, just one day after the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78.

While it's not expected to match up to the legendary storm, which hit Feb. 6 and 7 in 1978, shutting down the region for days, this storm may bring up to 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

What are your memories of the Blizzard of '78? Were you snowbound on the commute home, stuck at work or were you a kid thrilled with large snowdrifts and weeks off from school? Comment below – and if you have any photos to share, email jpaluzzi@dailyvoice.com.

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I was young mother working a 3-11 shift at SVH when the snow started to intensify. No one could make it in for 3 days to relieve those on duty. I worked for those 3 days without sleep. When we could finally venture out onto the roads, it was still challenging to drive. It took me almost 2 hours to get home. It was usually a 20 minute drive. I was so exhausted that when I got home I slept for several days. --- Take home lesson, if you don't want to be caught somewhere, don't go out in the first place. This is not a" fun snowstorm" to play outside in. I can't remember exactly when it was, but a child in the local area got accidentally buried in the snow, couldn't be found, and was located near his home, dead, under the snow, after a large search. Poor thing was right near his house.

I remember electing to stay for a calculus class at Bentley College my freshman year. The snow was falling heavy...building up rapidly...and I had a commute home that was an hour at best without a weather factor. It took 4 hours to go from Waltham to Needham where I got off 128 and was stranded for the week at the home of a friends parents. I remember walking to a 128 overpass and seeing all the cars stranded on the highway which was not reopened until 4 or 5 days later.

I was 6; I remember jumping off the 2nd floor porch and landing in snow only inches lower. I remember being out of school for a week and building elaborate snow mazes and tunnels. My mother went out in the middle of it to do someone's tax returns!

I was in first grade. I remember vaguely my siblings jumping off the second floor porch of the three decker we lived in and landing in a snow pile. I do remember going back to school and playing in the piles of snow in the school yard. They must have been thirty feet high. They towered over the school building.

I was only 5 and we lived on Church St in Whitinsville. I remember ski mobiles racing up and down the main street and finally being able to go outside with an adult and the only place to walk was in the middle of the road.

I was 9 and living in coastal Scituate, MA. I remember living at a shelter eating Fruit Loops and Beef Raviolis for weeks! When it was finally "safe" to return home, I remember driving on TOP of the sand that was as high as rooftops.

Remnants of displaced houses were everywhere! It really was the freakiest thing I have ever seen....exciting for a 9-year-old but I have seen what Mother Nature can do when she is mad and it is nothing to take lightly.

Be safe this weekend everyone!