USA weather update: Washington snowstorm has ‘life and death implications’, claims mayorÂ
US East Coast is poised to face one of the worst snowstorms in the recent memory. Latest reports suggest that huge storm is fast approaching the capital Washington D.C. later today. The blizzard has already badly impacted many cities falling in the US East Coast including New York.
The blizzard is expected to bring the capital near standstill and badly impact other areas in the East Coast. The National Weather Service has called the massive snowstorm as “potentially crippling”. There are reasons to believe that the snowfall will be huge and exceed two feet in several cities across the region including the Baltimore and Washington D.C.
In the meantime latest reports suggest that blizzard watch has been issued for New York City and parts of Long Island and New Jersey beginning Saturday morning. If National Weather Service is to be believed snow accumulation could be as much as 12 inches the affected East Coast region.
Nonetheless there are areas that are expected to get even more snow. Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia could get as much as 16 inches of snow. To the south, significant icing was likely for portions of Kentucky and North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.
Given the tough weather conditions federal employees in the Washington area were told their offices would close at noon on Friday to allow them to get home safely before the snow begins piling up in the afternoon. Public schools were canceled. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which includes the second-busiest U.S. subway system, took the rare step of suspending operations from late on Friday through Sunday.