Pictures: When it comes to bitter cold weather, 1977 is the winter Hampton Roads remembers

Despite bringing six weeks of unusually low temperatures to Hampton Roads, the winter of 1977 can't match the still more epic deep freezes that struck here in 1780, 1857 and 1918, when residents could not only walk but also drive wagons or cars across the ice-packed James, York and Elizabeth rivers. But after some of the coldest readings in two decades gripped the region earlier this week, the frigid blast that froze waterways and covered the landscape with snow 37 years ago was what many readers remembered. Here's a look at some of the images the Daily Press captured at the height of January 1977 cold wave. -- Click here to find more Hampton Roads History photo galleries. Mark St. John Erickson
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