‘Extremely dangerous storm’ begins dumping snow in US

By on January 22, 2016

An “extremely dangerous storm” began dumping snow on the Eastern and Southern parts of United States on Friday, prompting five states to declare states of emergency and threatening to cripple the lives of more than 50 million people.

The National Weather Service said the storm had the potential to paralyze a broad region of the East Coast, with about 2 feet (61 cm) of snow due to hit the Baltimore and Washington metro areas starting on Friday afternoon.

Western suburbs could get even more snow while the New York area was expected to get a little less.

“It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect more than 50 million people,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service. The snowfall, expected to continue from late Friday into Sunday, could easily cause more than $1 billion in damage and paralyze the eastern third of the nation, he said.

Snowfall as heavy as 2.7 inches (7 cm) an hour could continue for 24 hours or more, National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Kocin said.

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