The winter spanning the end of 1978 and the beginning of 1979 was one of the snowiest on record in Billings. That snow season included the most November snowfall on record, and set several more snow-related records that have only recently been broken.
Accident at Seventh Avenue North and North Broadway, November 1978
Billings police and a Hanser's wrecker respond to an accident at the corner of Seventh Avenue North and North Broadway in November 1978. Snow in the second week of November
led to many wrecks around town. A Hanser's dispatcher was quoted as saying, "It's bad for everyone else — but not us."
Snow in downtown Billings, November 10, 1978
Snow falls in downtown Billings on November 10, 1978. The weather tower on top of the Midland National Bank building, center, was white in color, indicating a
drop in temperature.
Fox Theater, November 1978
A woman walks beneath the marquee of the Fox Theater (now the Alberta Bair Theater) during a snow storm in November 1978.
Kwik Way on Rimrock Road, November 1978
Snow covers the road near a Kwik Way convenience store (now McFiny's) at 3306 Rimrock Road in November 1978.
Truck on top of car, November 10, 1978
Max Falkner of Spokane stands in front of a semi truck that rolled on top of his car on November 10, 1978. Falkner slid off the road earlier and left to get a wrecker, only to return to his flattened car.
Car collides with Kwik Way, November 1978
A car crashed through the front of a Kwik Way convenience store on 17th Street West on November 25, 1978. Just a few days earlier, a driver lost control of his van on icy streets and ran into a power pole at 17th Street West and Rimrock Road, causing a power outage. A clerk at this same Kwik Way store
was allegedly raped during the outage.
Snow piled along North 29th Street, November 1978
A man works to free a pickup from a snow pile in the middle of North 29th Street in downtown Billings in November 1978.
Passengers at Billings Logan Airport, November 17, 1978
Passengers awaiting flights crowd Billings Logan Airport on
November 17, 1978. By the following evening, Billings saw nine inches of snow fall. By the end of the month of November 1978, Billings saw a record 25.2 inches of snowfall.
Snow College bus in downtown Billings, November 19, 1978
The men's basketball team from Utah's Snow College may have felt right at home while passing through Billings following a game against Northwest Community College in Powell in November 1978.
Car stuck in snow on Fourth Avenue North, November 19, 1978
A motorist tries to dig out a car that got stuck in the snow next to First United Methodist Church on November 19, 1978.
Snow removal on Broadwater Avenue, November 20, 1978
Graders work to clear snow from Broadwater Avenue on November 20, 1978. That November was the snowiest on record in Billings.
Aerial of Billings, November 21, 1978
Snow blankets Billings in this November 21, 1978 aerial photo.
Snow removal on North 29th Street, November 21, 1978
A front-end loader moves snow on North 29th Street in downtown Billings on November 21, 1978.
Accident on Grand Avenue, November 21, 1978
An accident blocks traffic in the 900 block of Grand Avenue on November 21, 1978.
Snow tunnel, November 22, 1978
By November 22, 1978, enough snow was piled in drifts in downtown Billings to allow a snowblower to
drive under a snow bridge.
Billings patrol car with teeth, November 1978
When a Billings police officer was forced to plow through a snow drift while responding to an emergency call in November 1978, the grille of the car was broken. An officer
installed teeth on the car to replace the broken grille.
Jet fuel tanker rollover, November 28, 1978
One section of a tanker truck carrying 9,600 gallons of jet fuel
rolled into a ditch after the truck turned onto an icy airport service road on November 28, 1978.
Tanker truck accident, November 29, 1978
A delivery of de-icing liquid didn't quite make it to Billings Logan Airport on November 29, 1978, as it
slid off an icy airport service road near the same place where a jet fuel tanker rolled just a day earlier.
Fire at Billings Recycling Center, December 1, 1978
Smoke is visible after a fire at the Billings Recycling Center on
December 1, 1978. The cold temperatures and high winds made fighting the fire difficult. A second fire destroyed a Lockwood mobile home a few hours later.
World Theater, December 1978
The facade of the former World Theater at 14 N. Broadway is shown in December 1978. The theater was
demolished later that month to make way for the parking lot that occupies the space today.
Snow removal in Billings, December 5, 1978
While Billings residents were still dealing with the snow left over from November 1978, a storm dropped another 13.7 inches on the city during the first week of December. The storm put a strain on city, county and state
snow removal crews.
Accident on First Avenue North, December 5, 1978
An electrician's van is shown after a collision with a building in the 1100 block of First Avenue North on December 5, 1978.
Help helicopter delivers accident victim, December 5, 1978
A helicopter air ambulance delivers an accident victim during a snowstorm in Billings on December 5, 1978. An article in that morning's Billings Gazette announced St. Vincent Hospital's
plans to add a helipad to its building complex. Prior to the addition of the helipad, pilot Gerhart Blain would land at North Park or Grandview Park, where patients were picked up by an ambulance crew.
Midland National Bank weather beacon, December 15, 1978
Christmas lights adorn the weather beacon atop the Midland National Bank building in downtown Billings in December 1978. The red color of the beacon indicated a
forecast of warmer weather.
Runner on West End, January 5, 1979
A runner jogs south through drifting snow on Billings' West End on January 5, 1979.