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Ask Tom why: I remember the Blizzard of '79 that brought more than 20 inches of snow to Chicago and northwest Indiana. Why do people in Knox, Ind., call it the Blizzard of '78?

Dear Tom,

I remember the Blizzard of '79 that brought more than 20 inches of snow to Chicago and northwest Indiana. Why do people in Knox, Ind., call it the Blizzard of '78?

—Thom Morin, Knox, Ind.

Dear Thom,

There were two major blizzards to hit the Midwest during the brutal winters of the late 1970s. While Chicagoans focus on the Jan. 12-14,1979, blizzard that brought more than 20 inches of snow to the city (and ultimately cost Mayor Michael Bilandic his job), Indiana residents will never forget the Blizzard of '78, the worst snowstorm ever to hit the Hoosier state. The storm brought more than 20 inches of snow to northern Indiana and was accompanied by fierce winds and whiteout conditions. Drifts 10-20 feet high made travel impossible and during the afternoon of Jan. 26, the Indiana State Police declared all Indiana roads closed.

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