I, too, was surprised at the number '12' in the Blade story for snowfall total. I don't feel like searching for other Blade stories from then right now, but the figure that always stayed in my mind for snowfall inches from that storm was 24-25. I guarantee you it was not '12'. Perhaps that was an 'early' Blade story that did have have complete totals?
In any event, for the younger set on here, this area has NEVER seen anything like it since and anyone who thinks we wouldn't be paralyzed for days now because of 'improved snow-removal techniques' or some such reasoning doesn't get it.
As has been said by others, you really had to be there to appreciate the totality of it.
Holland, in Jan. '78 I was 24 years old and living in Holland at the 'Stairs' apartment complex on McCord Rd., beside the fire station.
The night before I was coming home from work, driving west on Dorr Street around where Inverness is, and plowed through a mountain of water from all the rain that had fallen. The plugs, etc. under my dist. cap on my '77 Camero got soaked and couldn't get started until a policeman came along who had a towel and helped me dry them off. I'll never forget him saying I had about an hour to get home and then all that rain was turning into a blizzard.
I got started, stopped somewhere for a quick beer, and by the time I got to my apartment it was snowing like all hell. Next morning woke up and could not see out the windows for all the drifting.