The Northeast is preparing for the monster snow storm that the weather forecasters nationwide have been promising, according to CBS News on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. The snow storm of 1978 is being offered as a possible comparison for what is about to hit New England on Friday and Saturday. Those old enough to remember that storm are taking extra precautions and heeding the warnings today.
Schools were canceled for Friday in almost all of New England, even before a flake of snow fell. A light snow started to fall Friday morning through Conn. and making its way to Mass. The rest of New England will see the snow start throughout the day.
New Englanders crowed into the grocery and hardware stores yesterday, with crowds becoming so overwhelming that one Massachusetts city needed to bring in the fire department to help with crowd control.
The Salem Fire Department was beckoned to the Market Basket Supermarket to help with the storm related overcrowding, according to Boston.com. on Thursday.
The supplies were flying off the shelves so fast, that grocery stores all over New England saw employees not able to keep up with stocking the empty spaces. Many stores are reporting they’ve run out of batteries, bottled water, bread and snow shovels. The lines at gas stations are long as folks wait to get their fuel for their generators in case the power goes out. This storm is "a serious storm," according to Fox News live.
Once again the rush was on for generators, as the high winds predicted with this storm could gust to 50 mph in many areas throughout New England. Blizzard warnings are posted in widespread areas across the Northeast, reports "Fox and Friends" live on Friday morning.
Snow total predictions differ between forecasters, but not by much, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Friday morning. Much of New England is promised close to two feet of snow. Southern New England, especially along the coast could see lesser amounts if the temperature rises enough to produce rain instead of snow or a mix as the storm begins.
The people of Boston, Providence, Hartford and other New England cities and towns are expecting to be stuck at home during this monster storm. Up to two feet of snow is expected in the Boston area and parts of central and western Mass., with forecasters predicting the possibility of some isolated areas seeing up to three feet of snow as the storm churns over the Atlantic off the coast of New England.
Airlines have already canceled 2,600 flights for Friday. Alan Duham, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton Mass. Reports that “this is going to be a dangerous storm.” During the day Friday, the snow will start from the south and continue north, with the bulk of the snow falling overnight on Friday.