Blizzard of '78: 34th Anniversary

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The Blizzard of 1978 is a storm that many people in this part of the country won't forget. On that day, an unusually strong area of low pressure, coupled with an arctic air outbreak, was the recipe needed for an unforgettable storm.

That storm began 34 years ago today on January 25, 1978. During those 24 hours from the 25th to the 26th, the Fort Wayne Airport recorded 10" of snow. Drifting was even higher with 55mph winds blowing snow at the same time. Those winds made already cold temperatures in the single digits feel closer to -50°!

This Winter, we've lucked out so far with only a few accumulating snowfalls and quite a few mild winter days in the history books. Now, long range models are showing closer to average temperatures and above average precipitation. This means we could still see Winter's ugly face all next month. After all, Spring doesn't officially start until March 20.




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