South Bend, Indiana. The blizzard dumped one to three feet of snow across Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Winds averaged 50 mph to 70 mph. Accumulations included: Chicago: 12.6"; Detroit: 13.0"; Indianapolis: 15.6"; Lafayette, IN: 13.0"; South Bend, IN: 27.6"; and, Toledo: 14.6"
Source of image: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Northern Indiana (Photographer: Rich Varda)
Beverly R., formerly of Allen County, Indiana:
I tell my daughter (who is 10) about this blizzard and she looks at me like I am insane!! She says there in NO WAY snow drifts covered our 2nd story windows. On the last trip to Grandma's, I showed her those pictures -- she was amazed. We lived on Bethel Road, right across the road from the "old" Carroll High School. Our house faced west and that is were the wind was coming from, right across the empty corn fields. I was a freshman in college and I remember going to bed the night before and the news saying snow. Both my Mother and Father tried to get out of the garage to go to work the next morning. They gave up after 2 1/2 hours of continuous shoveling. After 2 days of being stuck in the house, the winds finally died down enough for us to attempt to dig out. All the neighbors came out to help each other. We all got our driveways cleared but the snow plows didn't come to the main road for almost 2 weeks. The local University were I attended was shut down for about 2 weeks also -- which is unheard of. If it wasn't for our neighbors pitching in their snowmobiles, we would not had milk, bread or toilet paper!! After the plows finally dug out a one lane path on the main road, it looked like and felt like you were driving through a tunnel. If I remember correctly, we still had snow piles around until April of that year. I know I will never see snow like that again (nor do I want to) since I now live in the South.
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office,Northern Indiana
Starke County, Indiana
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Northern Indiana (Photographer: Cathy Benko)
South Bend, Indiana
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Northern Indiana (Photographer: Rich Varda)