Blizzard strikes East Coast, shuts down travel

Blizzard strikes East Coast, shuts down travel

Washington, DC; January 24, 2016: A massive winter storm clobbered the East Coast on Saturday, January 23, 2016, dumping more than three feet of snow in parts of West Virginia and Maryland, tying up traffic on highways, grounding thousands of flights and shutting down travel in the nation’s largest city.

From the Carolinas to New York, tens of thousands were without power Saturday night as a result of the storm, which was finally heading out to the Atlantic. Except for some isolated flurries, snowfall in most of the major cities will likely finish early Sunday morning, CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris said.

Blizzard strikes East Coast, shuts down travel40 inches of snow was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches. In Central Park in New York City 25.1 inches of snow fell making it the third-largest snowfall on record. More than 28 inches of snow at Dulles International Airport, the second-largest snowfall recorded there. Baltimore’s BWI notched 29.2 inches.

At least 14 people dead (six in North Carolina, three in Virginia, one in Kentucky, three in New York City and one in Maryland).11 states declared states of emergency: Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.” 8,569 flights canceled for Saturday and Sunday, according to FlightAware.com. More than 74,000 people without power.

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