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Looking back at the 1978 blizzard that pummeled Ohio leaving 51 people dead

Posted at 9:24 AM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 11:19:27-05

CLEVELAND — This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of a massive and deadly blizzard that pummeled Northeast Ohio resulting in the deaths of dozens of people.

On Jan. 26, 1978, the entire Midwest was hit by the ferocious storm. By the time it was over, 51 people in Ohio were dead.

Snow drifts were so large, they blanketed cars and houses. The weather was so bad that for the first time ever, authorities had to shut down the Ohio Turnpike.

The snow wrought such devastation that the Ohio National Guard was deployed to help rescue people trapped in the snow.

News 5 Photojournalist Tommy Livingston contributed to this report.