Blizzard Warning for Cape Cod

Upper Cape will be hit worst
Photo on this d ay in 1978 shows route I-95 between Providence and Boston.

A nor’easter which is forecast to slam the state Friday is creating expectations for a perfect storm

Some say it will be as bad as the famous Blizzard of 1978, others call it "Weather Porn"

This storm is now tracking to give the Lower Cape 6 to10 inches and the Mid and Upper Cape between 10 inches to a foot or more.

But Don McCasland, program director at Blue Hill ­Meteorological Observatory says,“We call it weather porn. People do get excited about it."

As our cartoonist Joe Quigley says in today's 'toon, "Wouldn't you just love a job where people pay close attention to what you have to say because they base their plans on it, but you can always blame such big things as the atmosphere when you are totally wrong, AND, you still get paid the big bucks?"

In this day in1978 The Blizzard of the Century hits state

On this day in 1978, the storm of the century paralyzed the entire state of Massachusetts. The Blizzard of '78 dropped between two and four feet of snow on the Bay State in the space of 32 hours.

Ferocious winds created drifts as high as 15 feet. Along the coast, flood tides forced 10,000 people into emergency shelters. Inland, over 3,000 cars and 500 trucks were immobilized along an eight-mile stretch of Route 128.

By the time it subsided, the storm had taken 29 Massachusetts lives, destroyed 11,000 homes, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. The Blizzard of '78 is also remembered for many acts of kindness, cooperation, and courage.

The photo shows the Southeast Expressway between Providence and Boston.

Here is our forecast

Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers after 3am. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 23. East wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: Snow showers before 3pm, then rain showers between 3pm and 5pm, then rain and snow showers after 5pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy dense fog after 4pm. High near 38. East wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday Night: Rain and snow showers before 8pm, then rain and snow between 8pm and 10pm, then snow after 10pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Very windy, with a northeast wind 24 to 34 mph increasing to 34 to 44 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow, mainly before 4pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 30. Very windy, with a north wind 39 to 44 mph decreasing to 29 to 34 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%..

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