It was a cold gray morning in Lockport, New York. I was waiting on the verge of route 78 for the bus that would take me to Buffalo, specifically SUNY College at Buffalo, where I was a sophomore. Suddenly, my mother’s car pulled up next to where I was standing and she leaned out: “You’re not going today. I don’t like the looks of this.” The day she didn’t like the looks of? Friday, January 28, 1977.
And so, unlike many of my college friends, I was not stranded in some cool (or uncool) place in Buffalo for days as the entire Western New York area was buried under snowdrifts, 68 mile-an-hour wind gusts blew people down the city streets, and all transportation other than on foot or via snowmobile basically stopped. For well over a week almost everything was closed. My family was safe at home, if a bit bored. We did manage to struggle out once to a closed convenience store—for which I had keys—in order to get some necessities, but like most in the region, we were stuck. Eventually it ended. I think a lot of the snow was put on a train headed south.
A Troy-Bilt Storm 2480 Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Thrower may not be able to get through a drift the size of the one you see at the top of this post, but if you, like me, live in a region where sometimes you’ve got to clear snow before you can get out of your driveway, or if you, like me, live in a city where you are required by law to keep your sidewalk clear, this machine can be a godsend. (A slippery sidewalk can mean a broken leg or hip for a pedestrian.) And I’m ready to give one of these powerful snow throwers away.
You’ll have to work a bit for it, though. What’s the worst blizzard or heavy snow storm you ever lived through? How’d you get through it? Were there fun moments? I have to admit I look forward to the idea of getting stranded at home now; we live in a closely packed urban neighborhood with all the necessities close at hand. It happened for a few days back in December, 2001; it was the best Christmas we ever had. I’ve included some photos from that storm here.
So if you’re interested in the snow thrower—it is an awesome and pricey ($900) piece of equipment—click on the link above to find out all about it. And then give me a graph or two in comments about one of your most memorable snowstorms. (If you live in Texas or California you likely would not have such a story, but then you most likely would not need the thrower.) All comments must link to a blog and be submitted by Thursday, 11/6, at 9 p.m. EST. I will announce Friday morning.
And THANK YOU Troy-Bilt (which is offering free shipping on all snow throwers until Dec 15), for offering our readers this impressive gift.
P.S. You will all be surprised to learn that the Blizzard of 77 actually dropped only 12 inches. The most dangerous aspect of 77 was the blowing and drifting, with the high winds. It is speculated that most of the snow that blew in had already been sitting on Lake Erie. If you’re interested, a simple google will get you plenty of info.