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Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016
The southern and eastern United States were hit by a strong blizzard Jonas causing mass flight cancellations over the weekend. The potentially paralyzing blizzard forced states to declare a state of emergency.
The winter storm could rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region, said the National Weather Service. More than two feet (60 centimetres) of snow was predicted for Washington alone.
Louis Uccellini, director of the weather service, said the snowfall is expected to continue from late Friday into Sunday and could easily cause more than $1 billion in damage and paralyze the eastern third of the nation.
Brutally high winds, dangerous inland flooding, white-out conditions and even the possibility of thunder snow- all these elements have come together to create a blizzard.
The disastrous nature of the blizzard is evident from the fact that NWS meteorologist Paul Kocin compared it to “Snowmageddon,” the first of two storms that “wiped out” Washington in 2010.
A state of emergency was declared in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and parts of other states.
Two feet or more of snowfall is forecast for Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Sensing the extreme conditions, people were urged to go home and stay there.