Books: by Title: White Death: Blizzard of '77 - 30th Anniversary Edition
Now, more than 30 years on, we can take a long look back at the blizzard of the 20th century.
It was one of the worst blizzards in North American history. On January 28, 1977, a hurricane-like force with a frigid twist buried people in their cars and homes, killing thirty and injuring hundreds of others.
Thousands of school children were trapped in rural classrooms before crews on snowmobiles could rescue them. Zoo animals took advantage of mountain-like drifts and trudged to freedom, oblivious to the arctic whiteouts and 60 degree-below-zero wind chill.
Local roads became snow-clogged highways to hell. One law enforcer recalled filling out an accident report involving 50 cars and 113 people. Looters took to the streets, prompting one gun shop operator to post a sign that read: "Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be prosecuted."
Rescuers on snowmobiles told tales of people begging for food and even birth control pills.
Best-selling author Erno Rossi recalls gazing out his window. "It was like looking into a milk bottle," he said, knowing even then that there was a book in the making.
More than thirty years later, Rossi's riveting book White Death: Blizzard of '77 has sold more than 15,000 copies, making it one of the ten most successful books about Buffalo over the past quarter century. Now, re-released in a special 30th anniversary edition, this softcover book includes 50 photographs that chronicle one of the region's most dramatic historical events.