So how exactly does this storm compare to the blizzard of 1978?
The highest daily snowfall during that storm was 15.6 inches on Jan. 26, 1978 — far less than this weekend. But there were also 5.6 inches recorded on Jan. 25, 2.8 on Jan. 27 and 3.1 on Jan. 28, giving it possibly more longevity.
What made that blizzard so memorable, Greenawalt said, was the blowing snow. Gusts of up to 50 mph created 10-foot snowdrifts in places.
The heaviest hit area this weekend was the northwestern side of South Bend, near the U.S. 31 Bypass and the Indiana Toll Road. Areas outside South Bend fared much better. Buchanan and southern Berrien County had about a foot of snow or more as of Saturday afternoon, Greenawalt said.
Greenawalt said the South Bend area could still see more snow before the lake-effect bands die out Sunday morning.
Nate Hibschman, 29, of South Bend, spent the day shoveling out his driveway — and his neighbors’, for that matter. Using his Troy-Bilt snowblower, Hibschman spent hours clearing his neighborhood on Jody Court on the city's far northwest side.
"It's nice to help," he said during a break. "What's the point of having something like this without helping out?"
"It's cool to see everyone come together," Hibschman's girlfriend, Sarah Beutter, said.
Despite the poor conditions, local police departments in southwest Michigan reported very few calls of accidents.
Sgt. Clair Coulston, of the Michigan State Police, said there have been some calls of slideoffs but nothing major.
In Cass County, officials advised residents to use caution if they need to drive. The Cass County central dispatch had taken a "couple" of accident-related calls, but nothing major had been reported as of late Saturday morning.
A dispatcher said the state roads were "pretty clear" but reported the side roads were still very much snow-covered.Weather-related Links