Some serious snowfall!
For whatever reason, it just does not snow like it used to. Call it a combination
of quicker more efficient snow removal, or a shift in climate... whatever. This is what
it looked like when Montreal took a major snow dump. These pics are from a major
snowstorm that paralyzed the city in March 1971. My mom was months away from giving
birth to me, but I remember other similar storms in my youth.
Above we see my grandfather plowing his way through his driveway and my expectant
mom watching from the door. I believe they had just managed to make it home, as
roads were blocked and most (except my dad, who somehow managed to get his Ford
home before all hell broke loose) had to sleep at work or within walking distance.
The green POS in the driveway was my dad's 1970 Fairlane 500... a true rustbucket
in the traditional sense, as it decomposed itself to bits within 4 years of ownership,
being replaced by a new 1974 Impala.
Here's a shot from the balcony as my grandfather (left) and my father (right) clear
mountains and mountains of snow from the driveway. The snow clinging to the passing
green car attests to what most vehicles were dealing with at the time. The red car
across the street shows clearly how its front wheel was completely buried at one
point during the episode.
The storm hit sometime in the afternoon that March day, and lasted through the
night. By the time road crews were able to open up enough roads to allow people to
get home, it was the next day's afternoon. Here we see a sunset shot on that next
afternoon. My mom and grandmother were able to make it home once the main arteries
were opened up, but had to endure some 10 residential blocks of waist-high snow on
the sidewalks before they could get home, especially tough for my mom who was
several months away from childbirth (yours truly).
You just don't see snow banks higher than one's head nowadays. At this point
everyone was home safe and sound (including me... I'm in the doorway with my
mother, so to speak...). However, at this point, my grandfather's '65 Impala
was still jammed in a small side street downtown somewhere, unable to plow
through walls of snow higher than the car's hoodline... he, and thousands of other motorists, had to abandon his car and make it home by subway and on foot.