MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- January 26, 2015, included peeks at the sun over frozen Muskegon Lake. This same week 37 years ago, though, "was intense," as former Muskegon County Sheriff Bob Carter recalls it.
The snow storm that became the measuring stick for West Michigan dropped 35 inches of snow. School was out for more than a week. The snow started falling Wednesday night.
"I forged my way through it and never dreamed I would not get home until Saturday," Carter said. "That was Thursday morning."
Carter was a jail deputy at the time. He and other deputies knew outside streets were buried.
"There was nothing moving," he said. Few were able to move from place to place. Those who were were "People with four-wheel drives and people with snowmobiles," Carter says.