1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



Rockefeller's Blizzard

John McCurdy - January 27, 2017

In 1972 (I think), I was in Petersburg, Va. at the prison there. I traveled back to Alderson every Friday and returned on Sunday. Not the greatest arrangement but my wife was working at the women's, prison in Alderson.

I got a phone call from her about 10:00am, she told me not to come in, that Governor Rockefeller had sent all the WV state employees home in anticipation of the Storm of the Century!

I spent the rest of the day fretting and about 3:00 in the afternoon I decided I was going to get on the road and I called my wife and announced it. My Mom lived near Lexington and I could always find refuge at her house. In Addition I drove a VW Camp mobile and if the worst came I could roll into my sleeping-bag along the road.

Interstate 64 was clear to Afton Mountain and I stopped for gas the sky was ominous looking but there was no sigh of snow and then, a lone snow flake settled down at the base of the Gas Pump. It lay there and then the wind moved it away but the it came back. I watched intently and in a few seconds it melted and went away.

That was the intent of the Rockefeller 'Storm of the Century." Northern states did get a lot of snow that weekend

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