I know something is up when my aunts hightail it home.
[quote]Forecasters have predicted up to 2ft (60cm) of snow, which would make it the snowiest winter in the capital for a century.
Shops in the US capital and surrounding areas are said to be running low on staple supplies as residents stock up.
Blizzard warnings are in effect in much of Delaware and New Jersey.
[quote]Many of Friday’s flights and all Saturday flights at Reagan National Airport were canceled, as were most domestic operations at Dulles International Airport, according to Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Some international flights were continuing at Dulles.
Just after dark Friday, a full blizzard warning was extended eastward to the Chesapeake Bay for the first time in memory. The National Weather Service said the warning would remain in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday.
“This extremely dangerous storm is expected to produce record snowfall for the Washington metropolitan area,” the National Weather Service said. It warned that travel conditions would be “extremely hazardous and life-threatening, and all citizens are urged to remain indoors.”
Although “blizzard” is often loosely used to describe a heavy snowfall, a true blizzard has sustained winds or gusts above 35 mph, blowing snow that cuts visibility below a quarter of a mile and lasts at least three hours.