Jonas Blizzard Hits Washington DC, Government Declares State of Emergency (Photos)

The Jonas blizzard hit Washington, DC Friday afternoon, threatening to bring historic snowfall. Experts say the nation’s capital could be buried under 30 inches of snow – beating the record 28 inches set in 1922. As of Friday, 85 million people were under blizzard or winter storm warnings across the East Coast. The federal government shuttered at noon and will remain closed on Monday. Twelve to 18 inches of snow is also predicted for Philadelphia and 18 to 24 inches was expected in New York. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a state of emergency in the city starting at 8am Saturday morning .

More than 7,700 flights have already been cancelled for Friday and Saturday. Ten people have been killed, in car accidents caused by the icy roads in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. More than 132,739 people have lost power across the Southeast part of the United States. The storm could easily cause more than $1 billion in damage, according to weather service director Louis Uccellini.
See Photos below:

A New York Police Department officer uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk on West 81st Street as the city battles an icy chill
A New York Police Department officer uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk on West 81st Street as the city battles an icy chill

Traffic creeps slowly through Atlantic City early this morning just hours after Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency
Traffic creeps slowly through Atlantic City early this morning just hours after Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency
Clearing the Capitol steps: Workers brave the treacherous conditions as they clear snow from the East Front of the Capitol building
Clearing the Capitol steps: Workers brave the treacherous conditions as they clear snow from the East Front of the Capitol building
A group of nuns visiting Washington, DC from their convent in Chicago walk in the early snow outside the U.S. Capitol on January 22, 2016
A group of nuns visiting Washington, DC from their convent in Chicago walk in the early snow outside the U.S. Capitol on January 22, 2016
Snow slows down traffic on Interstate 40, Friday morning in Nashville, Tennessee. Ten deaths have already been connected to icy road conditions in Jonas' path
Snow slows down traffic on Interstate 40, Friday morning in Nashville, Tennessee. Ten deaths have already been connected to icy road conditions in Jonas’ path
An overturned vehicle lies unattended in the median along Monacan Trail Road south of Charlottesville, Virginia, as snow falls on Friday
An overturned vehicle lies unattended in the median along Monacan Trail Road south of Charlottesville, Virginia, as snow falls on Friday

If you have any family or friend over there, do well by letting them know they should be indoors, not out!

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