Winter Snow Storm Jonas Blankets Northeast Region
Winter Storm Jonas is here and it is not playing around, having already killed five in North Carolina alone. The blizzard is currently dumping inches of snow per hour along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and will reportedly dump as many as three feet of the white stuff when it’s all said and done. 11 states have already declared states of emergency.
A paralyzing winter storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, knocked out power to homes and threatened Washington with one of its heaviest snowfalls on record as it moved up the U.S. East Coast.
Snow started to fall in Washington early Friday afternoon. The city, along with Baltimore, may get more than 2 feet (61 centimeters), according to the National Weather Service. New York and Long Island may see as much as 18 inches.
“There are blizzard warnings for the whole corridor from Washington to Philadelphia, New York and Long Island,” said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “It is going to put us in the top couple of snowstorms down here. It’s a historic snowstorm.”
The heaviest three-day snow to fall in the Washington area was 28 inches in January 1922, according to the weather service. Baltimore received 26.8 inches in February 2003. While the East Coast cities bear the brunt of some of the heaviest snow, the storm is a national event, spawning a tornado and severe thunderstorms across the South and an ice storm stretching from Kentucky into North Carolina.