Blizzard Of February 1979 In The North-east Of England. in Historic Weather Posted March 3, 2018 This storm started on Friday March 16th 1979 and where I live in Durham we got sent home from school I was aged 10 we had to walk as the roads were already too bad. By 9pm the winds had got up to gale force and all roads became impassible it is the worst snowfall that I can remember although the winds abaited it contnued to snow until Sunday afternoon and I can also remember it was the first time I ever saw thundersnow. We had a week off school until the authorities could clear the roads. They piled the snow on the local playing field and can remember there was still some snow there late June.