Massive US Snowstorm Barrels Into Washington DC, Millions Hunker Down

23/01/2016 9:34 AM AEDT | Updated 28/09/2016 9:57 PM AEST
People walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during a snow storm in Washington on January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A winter storm that could bury parts of the Middle Atlantic region under nearly 3 feet of snow slammed into Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon, threatening the nation's capital with record accumulations as it barrels up the populous East Coast.

After days of planning by emergency officials and a scramble by residents to stock up on supplies, the blizzard started blanketing the Washington area at about 1 p.m.

The storm, expected to end late on Saturday afternoon, could leave 2 to 2.5 feet (61 to 76 cm) on the ground and bring winds of 30 to 50 mph (48 to 80 kph), according to the National Weather Service.

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