(NEW YORK) — As a weekend snow storm looms over Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York, here’s everything people on the East Coast need to know before it hits:
Winter Weather Warnings/Advisories
Twenty-two states, from Louisiana to Massachusetts, will be impacted by the storm.
A blizzard watch is in effect for Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; Wilmington, Delaware;
Philadelphia; Trenton, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; and Long Island.
Washington will be under a blizzard warning from 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
In Philadelphia, the blizzard warning begins at 7 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
And in New York City, the blizzard warning lasts from 6 a.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday.
A Potentially Deadly Storm for D.C.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday morning that residents need to treat the storm as a life and death weather event.
“We’ve had a forecast we haven’t seen in 90 years,” Bowser said at a news conference. “It has life and death implications.”
The mayor warned of high winds and potential power outages from trees taking down electrical lines.
“Our chief concern is making sure Washingtonians are safe throughout this event,” Bowser said, adding that “people need to stay inside” and not risk going out in the storm.
The city is asking residents to be prepared to stay indoors for 72 hours. Residents are also being asked to stay off the roads and stock up on food, water, battery operated radios and flashlights in case of power outages.
Expected Snow Totals
The storm arrives in D.C. around 3 p.m. Friday, where 18 to 24 inches of snow is expected. If D.C. gets more than 20 inches of snow, this will be the biggest snowstorm since the blizzard of 1922 that left D.C. with 28 inches of powder.
Philadelphia is expected to get 12 to 18 inches of snow. The storm will start at 11 p.m.
Parts of central New Jersey could see up to 18 inches.
In New York City, about one foot of snow is likely.
Problems in the South and on the Coast
As the storm moves east Friday morning and afternoon, heavy ice accumulation could cripple places like Charlotte, North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina.
Then Friday evening, the storm will bear down on the East Coast, from Virginia to New Jersey.
A coastal flood warning was issued for Delaware, New Jersey and the southern coast of Long Island.
Wind gusts could top 60 miles per hour Friday evening.
The worst coastal flooding and erosion will be in southern New Jersey, where some areas could see record flood levels.
There have been more than 2,400 flight cancellations, according to FlightAware.com.
The Philadelphia airport has cancelled all flights for Saturday.
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