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