The Great Blizzard of 1978


February 6, 1978, dawned uneventfully with everyone heading off to participate in their normal Monday routines, but before the day ended, returning home had become an ordeal if not an impossibility as a blizzard moved in during the early afternoon hours and buried eastern Massachusetts under two to three feet of snow within 24 hours.

This site presents eyewitness accounts, newspaper articles, and town department reports written about this blizzard, which brought all regular activity to an abrupt halt for over a week. It is a story about the people of Walpole meeting the challenges presented in a unique moment in history.


The information presented at this site was compiled by Margaret Strumwasser for the Historical Commission in Walpole, MA.

Town of Walpole - Department Reports
Personal Accounts
Walpole Times Articles