(NEW YORK) — The eastern states are bracing for an upcoming winter storm that could affect more than 75 million people from Arkansas to New York, beginning Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Snowfall could reach two feet in some locations including Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Tri-state area beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday to Noon EST Sunday.
Snow accumulations are expected to be 6-10 inches, with winds of 25 to 35 mph, and temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s.
The National Weather Service tweeted early Friday morning, “2.8 inches of snow at the NWS office so far…. 2.5 inches fell in the last hour alone.”
2.8 inches of snow at the NWS office so far…2.5 inches fell in the last hour alone! #arwx
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) January 22, 2016
Many states have already declared a state of emergency, and more than 2,520 flights have been cancelled as of 4:30 a.m.
Saturday flights are already impacted also, with 2,380 flights cancelled, according to Flight Aware.
A tornado watch was issued for parts of Louisiana and Texas on Thursday night as the weather system began to impact, sparking storms along the Gulf of Mexico.
Expected Snow Totals:
New York: 5 – 10 inches
Philadelphia: 12 – 18 inches
Baltimore: 18 – 24 inches
Washington, DC: 18 – 24 inches
Raleigh: 1 – 4 inches
States of Concern
Blizzard and winter storm watches for parts of Maryland, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas were issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday for Thursday through Saturday.
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