Scarcely a flake had fallen Monday by the time Governor Charlie Baker took to a lectern and placed the oncoming storm among the most severe weather events in the history of the state.
“We are anticipating an historic top five snowstorm,” he said at a news conference, ordering drivers off the roads starting at midnight announcing that the MBTA would shut down for a day.
The governor wasn’t taking any chances with a blizzard that forecasters warned could drop upwards of 36 inches. In the end, some towns near Worcester did see that amount, though in Boston the accumulation was closer to two feet — good for sixth-largest in recent city history.
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For some context, here’s a look back at how the Globe covered the other landmark storms that have hit Boston.
Feb. 17-18, 2003 - 27.5 inches
Feb. 6-7, 1978 - 27.1 inches
Feb. 24-27, 1969 - 26.3 inches
March 31-April 1, 1997 - 25.4 inches
Feb. 8-9, 2013 - 24.9 inches
Jan. 26-27, 2015 - 24.6 inches
Jan. 22-23, 2005 - 22.5 inches
Jan. 20-21, 1978 - 21.4 inches
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A previous version of this story incorrectly placed the image for the storm that took place Jan. 20-21, 1978.