1994, 2004, and 2015 stand out in my mind because of huge snowstorms. But the winter storms that dumped something like 13 inches of snow on the tri-state in 1977 and 16 inches in 1978 have left an indelible imprint.

I guess it's because those were the first BIG snowstorms in my memory. And I do have strong memories of those storms.

I've been looking all over for the pictures and cannot find them. But I can't put off this trip down a snowy memory lane any longer.

In January of 1977, I was in fifth grade. We were doing an art project of some sort because I distinctly remember leaving it on my desk when the bell ring the day before the storm hit.

One month later--yes, a MONTH--I returned to find it still laying there and very, very dusty. I also remember that unplanned winter break because President Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on January 20th of 1977. And that was right smack dab in the middle of our time off.

I remember wondering why I couldn't watch anything else while that was on.

One year later, in 1978, it happened again. I'm not sure if we were off for a full month, but it was a long time and I remember going with my parents to Wesleyan Park Plaza and climbing up to the top of one of those snow mountains the big shovel trucks had created.

And, if I'm not mistaken, we were off for SO long those two winters that it was declared that we wouldn't be able to make it up because it was too many days.

Has anything like that happened since?