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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Videos and images of Storm Blizzard 01-24

Tian Tian woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. 🐼🌨

 Video from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (also known as the National Zoological Park) shows Tian Tian the giant panda enjoying the new layer of snow in his habitat. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to four giant pandas and runs one of the world’s leading panda conservation programs.


Blizzard 2016

Not everything stops ...

The Washington Metro system may be closed, but members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard," are staying with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery despite the conditions.  "The Tomb Guards maintain a constant vigil at the Tomb no matter the weather conditions," states the group's Facebook page.

As predicted, the great East Coast blizzard of 2016 is hitting states all up and down the East Coast hard. The storm's effects stretched from Georgia to Massachusetts.

More than 60 million people are under blizzard, winter storm or freezing rain warnings Saturday. As of 11 p.m. ET, here's where the snowfall totals are at:

  • Washington, D.C. has received 22.2 inches
  • Baltimore has received 29.2​ inches
  • Philadelphia has received 17.7 inches
  • New York City has received 27.7​ inches

When it fell, it fell fast

Snow began falling in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon. Below is a timelapse of the National Mall being envelopedin snow. For more timelapses from New York City and the Washington area.


Travel conditions

Travel in the region has been at a virtual standstill. As of 11:00 p.m. ET Saturday, more than 10,000 U.S. flights had been canceled from Friday through Sunday. Additionally, all flights were halted Saturday at four of the nation’s busiest airports: Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, Washington Reagan National and Baltimore/Washington International. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel ban for New York City and Long Island, including all travel from New Jersey bridges and tunnels into and out of the city, beginning at 2:30 pm ET. Additionally, above ground subway stations were going to be closing. Public transportation in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. continues to be shut down. Major highways were also impassible, including parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, where the Duquesne men's basketball team was among those stranded.

A United Airlines flight from San Francisco rolled all the way to the end of a runway, Friday, when it landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Passenger Leigh Honeywell told The Associated Press the landing seemed normal until the pilot announced the plane was "off the end of the runway." No injuries were reported. (Photo: @hypatiadotca via AP)

Death toll 

At least 18 people died in storm-related crashes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, the Associated Press reported.

Power outages

According to The Weather Channel, some 250,000 customers were without power due to the storm that has roared up the East Coast. If your power goes out, here's how to deal with the food in your freezer and, perhaps more importantly, how to extend your phone's battery life.

As if snow wasn't bad enough, some areas flooded

In Sea Isle, N.J., tidal flooding sent a river of ice flowing several blocks down JFK Boulevard through a major retail area. Darren Laricks, a dispatcher with the Sea Isle police department, said the water was beginning to recede in the main street before noon but was expected to return at high tide after 7 p.m.


NASA | Supercomputer Model Shows the Flow of #Blizzard2016

Satellite Movie Sees Major Winter Storm Nearing Mid-Atlantic

Satellite Movie Sees Major Winter Storm Nearing Mid-Atlantic

This animation NOAA's GOES-East satellite imagery from Jan. 20 to 22 shows the movement of the system that is expected to bring a powerful winter storm to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.

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