1978 Blizzard Weaker Than New England Snow Storm This Weekend?

Patrick Frye

The 1978 blizzard is being compared to the New England blizzard that is about to hit the Northeast United States with a snowstorm. Some meteorologists fear that the new snowstorm could actually be worse than the 1978 blizzard.

According to Travelers Today, February 6 and 7 will be the 35th anniversary of the 1978 blizzard that ripped through the state, killing about 100 people. People who survived the 1978 blizzard remember that world came to a standstill, that no one could get to work, and that nothing could be done.

Boston.com reports that the 1978 blizzard produced "hurricane force winds, a large storm surge and intense waves that would leaves thousands of homes destroyed along the coast. Thousands of people would be either be stranded or simply abandon their cars on highways. Boston and much of eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were at a standstill for days following the storm."

In Boston, the blizzard has dropped 27 inches of snow on the city already. Forecasts show that Boston could see up to 20 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday, with some areas seeing more. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, people are turning to Twitter to communicate news about the upcoming blizzard. While some people are excited about the possibility of skiing and other snow activities, experts warn that the 1978 blizzard might pale in comparison to the potential disaster churning its way to the coast.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the timing of the New England blizzard could actually benefit the city's municipal workers:

"If it's going to happen, having it happen Friday overnight into Saturday is probably as good timing as we could have. The sanitation department then has the advantage of being able to clean the streets when there's normally less traffic."