Could you imagine if this storm was a week later?
IIRC the Blizzard of '78, which hit Massachusetts really hard in February. 1978 had Dukakis running for reelection with a tough September primary opponent. Dukakis had been governor during a real tough economic stretch that hit the state very hard, worse than most of the country. When the Blizzard hit, Dukakis did a great job on the recovery, running the emergency management office, going on TV in a sweater rather than a suit, directing the snow clearing etc... Just about the opposite of Katrina in terms of Chief Executive involvement. His popularity soared, and he was thought to be a shoe in. Had the primary been in March, that might have been the case, but as the year moved on, the storm bump disipated and he lost his primary.
Looking at the states this one is targeting, I've got to wonder what its impact would have been on New Hampshire, Philly and NoVa (Loudon and west) turnout.