That was not a good day to work for a utility company!! Every repair truck for the phone company had to go out with two service technicians on board in case the trucks got stuck in the snow.
Wasn't there also another "surprise storm" that dropped about a foot of heavy wet snow on a weekday either the week before or the week after ? I remember that we had to suddenly leave work early and were out of work for several additional days from "back to back" storms around Veteran's Day in 1987.
I remember it well. I lived in Columbia, MD and we had about 10 inches. That was a snowy November. We had thundersnow. It was our 4th major snowfall of 1987, and both those winters were El Nino years. As it turned out, that was our biggest snow of that winter. The one that hit around January 8, 1988 was not quite as deep. We really don't have the winters we used to. Winters like 2002-3 or 2009-10 have become a rarity. When it is 74 degrees on the 12th of November, it is hard to believe that we ever have or had weather like this. The last time I saw November snow in Columbia was in 2008.