Snowfall blankets Washington DC, storm warnings issued | Daily News

Snowfall blankets Washington DC, storm warnings issued

A snowman near the U.S. Capitol building in  Washington, D.C.
A snowman near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

US: A powerful winter storm is expected to dump deep snow on swathes of the northeastern United States including New York City on Monday after blanketing the Washington DC area.

The National Weather Service issued storm warnings from Virginia to Maine -- home to tens of millions of people -- and predicted snowfall of 18 to 24 inches (45-60 centimeters) in southern New York, northeastern New Jersey and parts of southwest Connecticut.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency allowing authorities to close roads, evacuate homes and commandeer equipment needed for public safety.

He also suspended all public transportation throughout the state on Monday, in anticipation of the storm's impact, and coordinated with utilities companies in case of power outages.

"Charge your devices, and if you experience a power outage -- report it immediately," he urged New Jersey residents on Twitter.

Philadelphia also declared a snow emergency, closing city government buildings for Monday and ordering residents to move their cars off of snow emergency routes so the plows can get through.

The storm is expected to hit Maine by Tuesday, where it will drop between eight and 13 inches of snow, as well as sleet.

The storm hit California with more than six feet of snow and heavy rain last week then moved on to the Midwest, dropping about eight inches of snow in Chicago, according to the NWS.

Snowfall began overnight Saturday to Sunday in Washington. A winter storm warning from the NWS predicted between three and five inches in the area around Washington and Baltimore, Maryland.- AFP