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(NEW YORK) — A massive nor’easter blanketed the eastern part of the U.S. Saturday in what could be a historic storm for Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.

Meteorologists forecast 20 – 25 inches of snow to fall in the region of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. If the nation’s capital surpasses 28 inches of snow, it would be the city’s largest snowfall on record.

New York City was forecast to have 15 – 20 inches of snow fall as officials declared a winter weather emergency. If New York City surpasses 21 inches of snow, it would be the city’s third greatest snowfall on record.

The storm has left at least three dead and caused more than 2,000 traffic collisions in North Carolina and Virginia, officials said. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled for this weekend while cities braced for the worst.

As the heavy snow falls from Virginia to New York City, expected gusty winds of more than 40 mph will make it a crippling storm.

Here is the latest on this major nor’easter.

Snow Accumulations as of 7:50 a.m. Saturday

Washington, D.C.: More than a foot

Reston, Virginia: At least 15 inches

Newark, New Jersey: 6.5 inches

Philadelphia: About 8.8 inches

Baltimore: Nearly 10 inches of snow has fallen in Baltimore.

New York City: 6 inches in Central Park and 7.1 inches at LaGuardia Airport


There were three deaths in two states — Virginia and North Carolina — as result of this storm system Friday. All three were the result of car crashes, police said.

Emergency Declarations

Nine states — Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey — and the District of Columbia have issued emergency declarations.

New York State and New York City also declared a winter weather emergency.

Blizzard Warnings

A blizzard warning is in effect for Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; Wilmington, Delaware; Philadelphia; Trenton, N.J.; Newark, N.J.; New York City; and, Long Island, New York.

In Philadelphia, the blizzard warning last until 10 a.m. Sunday. The blizzard warning in New York City lasts until 1 p.m. Sunday.

Power Outages

New Jersey: 3,625 customers

North Carolina and South Carolina: 148,887 customers

Philadelphia: 59 customers

Northern Virginia: 407 customers

Maryland: 9,690 customers

Washington, D.C. and New York City: fewer than 5 each.

Problems in the South and on the Coast

North Carolina had about 1,274 reported traffic collisions, according to the state’s highway patrol.

The Virginia State Police responded to 989 traffic crashes and 793 disabled vehicles on Friday alone.

A shelter opened for drivers in Kentucky after Interstate 75 shut down due to poor weather conditions. Kentucky State Police said late Friday that emergency management teams were making their way to the stranded cars with water and fuel.

Flight Cancellations

Airlines have cancelled over 9,000 flights for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to FlightAware.com.

Philadelphia International Airport has cancelled all flights for Saturday while Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina is running with limited operations.

The Baltimore Office of Emergency Management said late Friday that all flight operations at Baltimore–Washington International Airport were stopped due to the inclement weather.

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