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Sound familiar? Precisely 35 years ago today, February 9, 1978, New England was hit by a record-setting Nor’easter.

1978 – Record snowfall

More than 1,200 Army troops from Southern and Southwestern bases were flown to New England to help clear a record snowfall from streets and rail tracks to get the region moving again. The classic “nor’easter” storm, the worst in the 20th century, had finally subsided after dumping at least two feet of snow on most areas and as much as 55 inches on some areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Thousands of cars had been abandoned on city streets and on highways and the area ran short of groceries and cash with thousands wandering streets in search of open banks and stores with supplies.