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Winter 2014 vs. Winter 1978

People could be seen skiing and walking in the middle of the street back in 1978. People could be seen skiing and walking in the middle of the street back in 1978.
Heavy duty equipment was brought in to help clear the snow in 1978. Heavy duty equipment was brought in to help clear the snow in 1978.
The snow falls wherever it can in Toledo 2014. (Source: James Downey) The snow falls wherever it can in Toledo 2014. (Source: James Downey)
Families repeatedly shovel and snowplow their walkways in 2014. (Source: Vonna Lynn) Families repeatedly shovel and snowplow their walkways in 2014. (Source: Vonna Lynn)
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Winter 2014 vs. Winter 1978: Same amount of snow...but that's about it.

On Feb. 25, we tied our all time record of snow accumulation at 73.1 inches, or a person 6'1" tall, set back in the blizzard of 1978.

Back then, Doug Degood was the mayor of Toledo and you could get a gallon of gas anywhere between 48 and 63 cents. It's a big difference from today, but one similarity is the winter weather.

Bob Brossia was 34 when the blizzard of 1978 hit. He'll be 69 this fall.

"I was looking out the window and it was really blowing like crazy, and the snow was going sideways and it was really stout," recalled Brossia.

The winds whipped between 60-70 mph back in '78. Brossia says the snow drifts were unbelievable.

"There was at least a 10-foot drift down at the intersection, so it was like climbing snow mountains," said Brossia.

2014 also saw strong winds, blowing at 30-40 mph in early January.

What we didn't experience in 2014 was 46 hours without power.

"I turned on a very old Detroit jewel gas range down in my basement, and thankfully, it was still hooked up with the gas, because it saved the hot water system in my house," explained Brossia.

Brossia says this winter has been a real workout with his shovel, but it doesn't top the winter Toledo saw 36 years ago.

"It wasn't anything moving, you know, but maybe some front end loaders moving snow. And it was three days later that I was able to go to work," Brossia said.

The blizzard of 1978 was on Jan. 26 and it dumped 11-13 inches of snow. In 2014, our worst days were on Jan.  5 and Jan. 6, where 13 inches of snow were dumped on the city.

It's two harsh winters that those living then and now will always remember.

Find more stories, videos and slideshows of this year's winter, plus a collection of tips for winter driving, saving on heating costs, protecting your home and more, in our Arctic Blast section.

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