More than 60 million people are subject to winter weather warnings and local authorities have taken preventative measures to prepare the densely populated region, including closing government offices and ordering schools to close.
The forecast calls for up to 12 inches of snow in Boston, with 4 to 6 inches in Washington DC, 3 to 5 inches in New York and up to 4 inches in Philadelphia, according to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford.
In Connecticut, all executive office buildings will be closed Friday and non-essential employees are encouraged to work remotely.
“This appears to be a major winter storm that’s about to impact our state, with snowfall expected to reach rates of over an inch per hour causing whiteout conditions and occurring just at most. strong morning rush hour, âGovernor Ned Lamont said. said in a statement.
He warned people not to venture onto the roads if possible.
The combination of snow and wind could lead to power outages due to falling power lines, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has warned. He encouraged people to work remotely if possible, as the storm would likely make travel dangerous.
3,900 pieces of equipment ready for snow operations
In Massachusetts, officials are asking non-emergency state employees not to report to work on Friday.
All Boston public schools will be closed Friday “due to bad weather,” the city said.
Schools in the region are already facing a serious staff shortage, although it is not known how many are linked to Covid.
In Virginia, the National Guard is on call to help with emergency management as the state faces its second winter storm this week, according to Virginia Army and Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Williams.
And Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency.
The upcoming storm will be smaller but will hit areas similar to the storm in Virginia earlier in the week, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Orrock.
âOverall we will see three to four inches with isolated amounts, 4 to 6 inches in the higher elevations, and at the very highs we could see 6 to 8 inches,â Orrock said, adding a potential for more snow with “up 5 to 6 inches above the I-95 corridor.”
Federal government offices and public schools in Washington DC will be closed on Friday.
Some Covid-19 vaccination and testing sites will be open, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said, but winter conditions are impacting testing and vaccination sites in Maryland and Virginia.
The Maryland Department of Health will delay opening hours at various locations on Friday and five of Virginia’s community vaccination centers will be closed due to inclement weather, the state Department of Health said.
Kentucky declares state of emergency
“Severe weather events affect travel on major highways, state and local roads, as well as power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private property,” Beshear said in a statement.
He urged people to stay off the roads if possible and added that the Red Cross is monitoring the need for warming centers and search and rescue teams have already been activated for security checks on stranded motorists. .
State Police Public Information Officer Scotty Sharp said the only injuries were minor and not life threatening.
CNN’s Robert Shackelford, Dave Alsup, Mary Kay Mallonee, Brian Vitagliano, Elizabeth Joseph, Sahar Akbarzai, Jaide Timm-Garcia, Amy Simonson and Jessica Jordan contributed to this report.