A major storm would dump on Friday 22 and Saturday, January 23, up to 60 centimeters of snow in the eastern United States, including the Washington capital, placed state of emergency.
“A major winter storm will affect a part of the eastern United States, with heavy snow, freezing rain, strong winds and coastal flooding , warned meteorological services. Heavy rains and snow powder will generate potentially lethal conditions and present threats to persons and property . “
Storm ” has the potential to become extremely dangerous “, emphasized the director of the National Weather Service (NWS), Louis Uccellini. “We are talking about a potentially paralyzing storm that has already set in. “
70 million people affected
Warnings were sent to fifteen states, from the Atlantic coast between New York and South Carolina, until ‘in Arkansas, in the South. About 70 million people are on the move this winter storm, dubbed “Jonas.”
Unusually, the organization that controls the transport of Washington announced the closure of the subway for the whole week -end. The buses will stop to circulate Friday afternoon. Hundreds of flights were also canceled in the Washington airports, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
If the forecasts are realized, the Jonas storm would rank second in terms of amount of snow dumped in two days Washington, after 66 centimeters from the storm called “Knickerbocker” in 1922. A hundred people had then died in the collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre roof, a cinema, under the weight of snow.