As a storm originating from western Canada, moved offshore on Monday,
the storm began to strengthen and is forecast to develop into a major
blizzard at night into Tuesday. The Blizzard of 2015 will affect
areas from the upper mid-Atlantic coast to New England with high
winds, heavy snow and extensive blowing and drifting snow. During
Monday afternoon, bands of snow extended from the central
Appalachians to the South Coast of New England and the upper coast of
the mid-Atlantic. Spotty rain and a wintry mix was affecting areas
from the Carolinas to Delmarva. A band of snow was pushing
southeastward from Lake Superior to western Kentucky. Much of the
balance of the South and the Central states were free of
precipitation. Rain was gathering over Southern California and the
deserts of Arizona. Much of the balance of the West was dry and mild.
The Midwest Blizzard of '78...
A major blizzard hit Michigan, Indiana and Ohio on Jan. 26, 1978.
The storm shut down travel and claimed the lives of 100 people. Winds
gusted to 100 mph and produced drifts to 25 feet. Many roofs
collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. In Michigan, 120,000
vehicles were stranded. The storm extended into southern Ontario as
well and took the lives of 9 people. Damage reached $41 million in
the province. Hurricane-force winds blew out windows in buildings in
Toronto. A record low pressure of 27.80 inches was observed at
Toronto. A national record low pressure of 28.14 inches was observed
at Cleveland, in terms of United States inland stations.