The Blizzard of '78
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
New England experienced many blizzards through the 20th century, but the most memorable was the blizzard of February 1978. It left much of the region paralyzed and claimed 54 lives, including 14 who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in cars stranded in snowdrifts on Route 128. Some 3,500 of those snow-covered cars were on an 8-mile stretch of the highway in the Dedham area. Hurricane winds drove the snow, which fell in many areas at more than an inch an hour. Along the coastline, tides ran 20 or more feet above normal.