Sunday 22 January 2017

'Biggest storm in history' to dump over two feet of snow on Washington

David Lawler

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

A pile of shoveled snow stands in the plaza on the east side of the US Capitol in Washington yesterday Photo: Getty
A pile of shoveled snow stands in the plaza on the east side of the US Capitol in Washington yesterday Photo: Getty

A blizzard of historic proportions is expected to hit Washington, Baltimore and other East Coast cities in the US today, with snowfalls of more than two feet predicted in some areas.

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The US National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for the Washington area, warning that potential life-threatening conditions were expected tonight into tomorrow night. "Travel is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during the height of the storm," the warning reads.

Coupled with the snow - which meteorologists say could be as much as 30 inches deep in Washington - will be high winds that may reach more than 80kph.

Although weather models place Washington in the eye of the storm, cities across the north-east of the US are bracing for the blizzard.

New York, Philadelphia and Boston are all expected to see snowfall, though it is unclear how heavy it will be.

Because the intense snowfall is expected to begin this evening and not abate until late tomorrow, officials have warned that residents of the cities may not be able to leave their homes until Sunday, or even Monday.

The snowfall will not only be long-lasting, but heavy. It could exceed two inches of accumulation-per-hour at times. If the forecasts come to fruition, the storm - nicknamed 'Jonas' - could be the biggest in Washington's history. The highest accumulations to date came in 1922, when 28 inches of snow blanketed the city.

After 18 inches of snow hit Washington in 2010, in the third-largest snowstorm in the city's history, the US capital ground to a halt, and took days to get out from under the storm. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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