The Podium The blizzard that changed Massachusetts ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Blanding/Globe Staff/File 1978 Snow surrounded a car on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester during early morning hours on Feb. 7, 1978. The 1978 blizzard blanketed much of the region with snow on Feb. 6 and 7, with 27.1 inches accumulating at Logan Airport. Bill Brett/Globe Staff/ File 1978 Cars were trapped by the snow on Farragut Road in South Boston. William Ryerson/The Boston Globe/ File Fifty-four people died and highways and neighborhood streets alike were left clogged with abandoned, snow-covered vehicles. Here, a car was covered up to its roof on Preble Street in South Boston. Edward Jenner/Globe Staff Cars were left abandoned on Route 128 South in the Needham area. It took more than a week and help from the National Guard to dig them all out. In the fast-moving storm, 14 people would die from carbon monoxide poisoning as they huddled in their snow-trapped vehicles. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File Business ground to a halt in Boston's Downtown Crossing shopping district. Bob Dean/The Boston Globe/ File Dorchester residents found little room to maneuver on on Dorchester Avenue. Joseph Runci/The Boston Globe/ File Snowbanks were many feet high along Boston's roads. Dan Sheehan/The Boston Globe/ File Deep snow covered cars and the street in Egleston Square. Bill Curtis/The boston Globe/file People walked along the road in Codman Square. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff People walked by a snow truck on Boylston Street in the storm's aftermath. The Boston Globe/ File A man took the opportunity to build a giant fish out of snow in front of the Union Oyster House. Janet Knott/Globe Staff/ File Gandolf, an Irish setter, watched Martine Carroll, 14, walk down Trenton Street. Ulrike Welch/Globe Staff People worked to clear the Pleasant Street in Charlestown. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff A woman treaded through snow on Dolphin Avenue in Revere. Bill Curtis/The Boston Globe/ File Snow from Swampscott was piled in a huge mound on King Beach.