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Old 12-21-2012, 01:52 AM
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Anyone remember it? I don't cause it is before my time but anyone have any stories about it? How much snow fell from that storm?
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Anyone remember it? I don't cause it is before my time but anyone have any stories about it? How much snow fell from that storm?
my brother was born 9 months after it
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While some of the exact details escape me, I remember it well enough. Here in Cincinnati, we had a total snowfall near 60", a couple of consecutive nightly low temperatures in the minus mid-20's range, and snow that fell in mid-autumn was still on the ground in March.
I moved to Atlanta in the Spring after that.
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I remember my mom sent me and my brothers and sisters on foot to the grocery store to get groceries because you couldn't drive anywhere, not even your own driveway. When we got to the store (about a 1 mile away), there were few things left on the shelves. The place had been rampaged.
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I was 7 but I remember it pretty well. Lots of snow and strong winds had snow piled up all over the place.
Power was out for 3-4 days several neighbors came to stay with us at my grandparents because they had gas heat. I was just a boy but it was kind of fun for me at that age.
My grandparents helped a lot of people through that storm.
Just waiting for Fred to rear his head and tell us all how it was sunny that entire winter and it must have never happened because he couldn't find the correct information about it in his google search.

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I was 11 and we were off school for a few days, so we just smoked dope and drank beer for a whole week. Man, the good ole days!
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Good ice skating winter. i think i almost fell into one of the lakes when it finally started melting away.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:50 AM
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Had to Google it cause I remember a big one in 1978 when living in New Jersey. Interesting that it turns out there were two that year. The one the OP is talking about in January and one in the Northeast I remember in February.
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That blizzard was something else. I was 8, almost 9 yrs old, but can remember snow drifts higher than our garage doors. The "low snow" between the drifts came to about mid-thigh on me.
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While some of the exact details escape me, I remember it well enough. Here in Cincinnati, we had a total snowfall near 60", a couple of consecutive nightly low temperatures in the minus mid-20's range, and snow that fell in mid-autumn was still on the ground in March.
I moved to Atlanta in the Spring after that.
We moved to Charlotte June of 79
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:38 AM
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Anyone remember it? I don't cause it is before my time but anyone have any stories about it? How much snow fell from that storm?
people drove their cars across the ohio river... (and didnt use a bridge...)

is what ive been told.
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I remember that storm, but I was grown and gone from the region when it hit. I remember in '60, we had a nasty storm hit Nashville. It dumped over 7 inches of snow in the region. Another similar one came along in '66-'67. For Nashville to get that much snow, it's chaos down there when it happens.
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Here is what I remember. You know that little gap between the two panels of a sliding glass door. the wind blew a tiny drift of snow through that gap on our back porch door. If you looked out the window you couldn't see anything more than a foot or two away. It was just solid white.

We had a tractor we used to scrape our driveway, buit when we tried to use it on one of the coldest days (almost 20 below zero) the hydraulic system wouldn't work so we couldn't raise or lower the blade. We were snowed in for days. My mom walked to the foot of our hill for someone to [pick her up and take her to work.
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i was only 3 at the time but i still remember it. it's actually one of the few things i remember from that age.
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I remember school being closed for at least one straight week. The announcement was made Monday morning. My brother and I made a huge snow fort. Poured water over it and it lasted several weeks. The mom and pop store down the street gouged everybody. We had to walk our sled there to carry our groceries home. After the thaw nobody shopped there and they closed. There were pot holes in the ice and we still couldnt see the road. Parking lots had snow piles that didn't melt off until June, maybe even early July. And yes, cars drove on the Ohio river.
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I was 11 and we were off school for a few days, so we just smoked dope and drank beer for a whole week. Man, the good ole days!
Halarious. I spit coffee on my monitor. I was 10 and remember pretty good in the Dayton area. School closed for a week. Snow drifts againts fences and garages deep enough we would dig tunnels and caves in them. Seemed real fun at the time. And we just drank home made wine from Grandpa.
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I was 9. I remember that was the only time Cincinnati Public Schools were closed my entire time in school.
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I remember successfully building an igloo and building an ice wall on the side of my dad's pickup turning the bed full of snow into the ultimate snowball fight fortress...
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I remember the Ice Storm of '77 as well. We had a coating of about 6" of ice on the roads as I recall.
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I also recall you weren't allowed to drive unless it was an emergency. Rumor had it though if you were caught driving all you had to do was show your bowling ball and explain it was league night .....
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I was 11 and we were off school for a few days, so we just smoked dope and drank beer for a whole week. Man, the good ole days!
I remember doing that on a couple of snowdays during junior high. Maybe that's why they called in junior "high"...
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I remember doing that on a couple of snowdays during junior high. Maybe that's why they called in junior "high"...
That would be "senior high" in my case
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That would be "senior high" in my case
I thought "senior high" was what me and you do nowadays
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I thought "senior high" was what me and you do nowadays
I've been "senior" for some amount of time now it seems, and damned happy about it finally.....
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people drove their cars across the ohio river... (and didnt use a bridge...)

is what ive been told.
I think that was just one idiot in a VW Beetle, and he was arrested for trespassing into a moron-free zone.
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