Prior to today, the biggest blizzard in southern New England’s history battered Boston and coastal areas on February 6, 1978. For the first time in its 106-year-history, the Boston Globe was unable to deliver its paper.
Today, 42 million people will be in the two-fisted storm zone. Original projections suggest expectations of 100,000 power outages, and officials have insisted that all travel be canceled. In Boston, driving on the streets will incur a $500 fine and a year of jail time. The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes in its “Blizzard Hall of Fame,” the Great Snow of 1717 was a series of four storms that extended to March 7 with 5 feet of snow in New England. Newspaper accounts reported that 95 percent of New England’s deer population died.
ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:
TODAY: Breezy (Partly Cloudy Icon) 67/59
SUNDAY: Rain Returns (Scattered Showers Icon) 73/60
MONDAY: Wet (Rain Icon) 71/53
TUESDAY: Soggy (Rain Icon) 67/47
WEDNESDAY: Early Rain (Scattered Showers Icon) 64/39
THURSDAY: Colder (Sunny Icon) 62/41