The Blizzard of '77 in Buffalo, NY is the only blizzard I've been through - and never before or since have I seen anything remotely like it. It was like being on Mars. 10 died freezing to death in cars, another 15 or more from accidents caused by the blizzard, and more from heart attacks etc. Called the White Death it was a killer. Temps were often at wind-chills of -60 degrees, think the low one was minus 70 degrees, winds at steady 45mph with gusts to 70mph, real temps below 0.
Foolishly my then girlfriend and me took a short walk in a lull - any exposed flesh at once had searing pain, the wind picked up and the lull was over. We were but 4' apart and couldn't find each other. The cold made our hearts pound, hard to breathe ... we were completely disoriented. Horrible. We finally found one diner open because the owner couldn't get out. We stayed 4 hrs until another lull and then fought our way back home. A fire truck couldn't get down a street. A pumper, water being pumped froze at once and pumps kept sending more water only to also freeze. Took 2 weeks to chop the giant ice-cube thus formed and get the truck out. The truck blocked all other fire vehicles and the street's houses burned up.
These pics don't really show it because it was over when they were taken, (It lasted almost two full days and nights straight). Now, not to belittle all the people in trouble, serious trouble, due this last storm, THIS was a blizzard:
The White Death:
Struggling Around Tops of Cars:
Firemen Try To Save Buried House From Collapsing
Traffic Lights at Intersection
Shoveling The Car Out
Walk in the Neighborhood