Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1978, February)
A record 27.1 inch snowfall began on February 6 and brought the city of Boston to a complete standstill. Roads in and out were jammed with stalled cars and high snow, leading the state governor to declare a state of emergency. On one 8-mile highway stretch, about 3,000 cars and 500 trucks were stuck for 4 days. The city was closed to al unnecessary traffic, and National Guardsmen were on alert to prevent looting, arrest sightseeing motorists, and help with cleaning up snow. The storm was driven by hurricane force winds, and hundreds of coastal homes were destroyed, flooded, and swept away by waves. Children seemed to enjoy the snow, sledding on empty streets while adults skied cross-country. Block parties sprung up behind snowdrifts. However, it wasn’t all fun - 29 people died and more than 10,000 were left homeless. Millions of dollars of property damage were incurred, especially along the coast.
Western Europe (1978, February)
Record low temperatures and heavy snowfalls swept through Western Europe, causing at least 19 deaths.
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