1978 Blizzard: Are 30 Inches of Snow Heading for the Northeast?

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Feb 07, 2013 02:20 PM EST
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A coastal storm is pictured in the mid-Atlantic off the U.S. Northeast coast in this November 7, 2012 NASA(Photo : REUTERS/NASA/Handout) "

Meteorologists are predicting close to two feet of snow in New England over the weekend and everybody alive at the time is remembering of the 1978 blizzard that hit the northeast coast of the United States.

Exactly 35 years ago today, people went about their day in regular fashion before over two feet of snow precipitated on their towns and cities unexpectedly.

One word to describe the experience: paralyzing. People in Massachussets, Rhode Island and Connecticut used restaurants and banks as refuge to get away from the cold. Many who went to work went through a mission getting back to their homes. Schools were closed for days and in certain places even weeks.

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Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons remembers this day clearly. In the blizzard of '78 many places had 30-35 inches up in Eastern Connecticut, Northeastern Connecticut. Some 40 inches over in Southeastern Mass. That is a freak snowstorm, but we had some with 30 inches just a few winters ago," said Simmons.

Another meteorologist, David Epstein, was fascinated by the facts of the 1978 Blizzard. You can check out his images of the storm and measurements of the snowfall right here.

If you compare the snowfall that precipitated 35 years ago and the measurements expected for Friday's storm, the data is chilling.


There's just something about that area in the northeast that attracts snow. They well be expecting up to two feet of snow, but who knows if these readings are accurate.

The Blizzard of 1978 was pretty much a phenomenon. Meteorologist rumor that the storm could be of historic proportions. The heaviest snowfall is expected to land on Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland (Maine) and Burlington. Other cities around the area in neighboring states expected to receive a healthy amount of snow (over six inches) include Syracuse, New York, Buffalo and watch out for those in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The northeast has to brace itself for another severe storm. Not too long ago, Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage along the coast and people are still recovering. 

Scroll down and check out our earlier story on how to prepare for the storm in the "Related Articles" section. 

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