Heavy snow, travel disruptions and power failures are possible from a “historic” nor’easter that threatens to drop 2 feet of snow starting tomorrow across eastern Massachusetts and almost a foot in New York City.
Boston may receive 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow as the coastline is pounded by high waves and wind gusts as high as 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Weather Service. New York City may get 10 inches of snow and blizzard conditions are likely to envelop Suffolk County on Long Island, said Tim Morrin, a weather service meteorologist.
The storm arrives near the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, which killed 99 people, destroyed 2,000 homes, drove 10,000 residents into shelters and paralyzed eastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island for a week, according to the weather service.
“For Boston, this is going to be a top-five storm, this could come in at number three all-time in records going back to the 1880s,” said Rob Carolan, owner and meteorologist of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua, New Hampshire. “Boston usually doesn’t see 2 feet of snow and it has a good chance of doing it this time around.”
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino canceled school across the city of 625,087 tomorrow and asked people to work at home if possible.
“We have a significant storm heading this way,” Menino said at a city hall news conference. “Stay home, stay off the streets.”
Back in 1978 the experts were predicting then next Ice Age was just around the corner.
Even Spock (a.k.a. Leonard Nimoy) was on board.