In 1978 a blizzard paralyzed New England leaving large swaths of one to three feet or snow, as well as causing wind gusts to 90+ mph!
All of the information below, and pictures too, is credited to the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. They created a nice slide show that you can search for on-line with pictures and statistics.
Here's what the storm looked like on the surface analysis that day:
Strong high pressure across central-southern Canada and developing surface low pressure off the New England coast created a very tight pressure gradient, which resulted in extremely strong winds. The storm had a very favorable large-scale weather pattern to develop and strengthen quickly. This is a great track for a nor'easter to really intensify quickly.
Here are the snow totals from the storm. Our area did not get hit too badly. Of note, the Adirondack region received 10-20 inches of snow, while lower elevations in northern Vermont saw 2-6". Traveling south to southern and central New Hampshire and Vermont, snow totals were upped to one to two FEET. Even further south and east into New England the totals really ramped up to two to three feet! Here are some of the pictures from that storm:
Of note, the storm also created an absurd amount of coastal flooding and storm surge. This is a picture along the coast of southeastern New England, where homes were destroyed.
Here are other notable statistics from the blizzard:
Of course, here are the credits at the end of the slide show presentation from the NWS:
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier