Americans from Arkansas to Virginia are battening down the hatches in anticipation of Winter Storm Jonas, which is expected to bring snow and ice to the mid-Atlantic starting late Friday, and NASA has already captured some spectacular satellite imagery of the storm’s approach.
“A potentially crippling winter storm is anticipated for portions of the mid-Atlantic Friday into early Saturday,” according to the National Weather Service.
“Snowfall may approach two feet for some locations, including the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Farther north, there is uncertainty in snowfall for the New York City-to-Boston corridor. Farther south, significant icing is likely for portions of Kentucky and North Carolina.”
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the worst storm in many years. Public schools will close in the nation’s capital on Friday, and non-essential government services will shutter at noon.
More than 50 million people lie within the storm’s path.
With the snow and ice will likely come blackouts. The American Red Cross recommends having three days of food and water, and other emergency supplies, on hand.