Winter Storm Jonas is moving toward Washington, DC, with the potential for near-record snowfall Friday, with totals forecast to exceed two feet in Baltimore and Washington, Reuters reports. A blizzard watch is also in effect for New York City, parts of Long Island and New Jersey, beginning early Saturday, where snow totals could reach 12 inches. In southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, snowfall could be between 10 and 16 inches.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which includes the Washington, DC, subway, will suspend operations from late Friday through Sunday, Reuters said. Significant icing is also expected in portions of Kentucky and North Carolina.
According to Accuweather.com, cold temperatures following the blizzard could mean slippery road conditions for days afterward.
Air Travel Update
According to Flightaware.com, 2,518 flights have been cancelled into the United States for today. Airlines have issued change waivers for travelers affected by the storm.
United Airlines has announced that it is shutting down operations beginning Friday afternoon out of Dulles, as well as other airports in the Washington metro area. The company hopes to resume some operations on Sunday. Customers ticketed to, from or through airports in the path of the storm may reschedule their itineraries with a one-time date or time change, and the airline will waive the change fees.
On American Airlines, travelers flying from select airports can waive their change fee if they are traveling on American Airlines or American Eagle, bought or purchased the original flight before January 21, and are scheduled to travel January 22 - 24 from an affected airport.
Southwest Airlines has waived change fees on flights from affected airports January 21 through January 24.
JetBlue has also issued a waiver from affected airports for travel January 22 through January 24.
Etihad Airways has also cancelled flights to and from New York and Washington, DC, and has revised its booking procedures to allow guests to alter their travel plans during this period.