A massive blizzard is due to hit the eastern United States with forecasters predicting more than two feet (0.61 metres) of snow in Washington with a state of emergency declared in five states and the District of Columbia.
The director of the US National Weather Service said all the ingredients have come together to create blizzards with brutally high winds, dangerous inland flooding, the possibility of thunder snow, when lightning strikes through a snowstorm and white-out conditions.
One US tabloid screamed from page one, it will be “Whiter than the Oscars”.
The snowfall, expected to continue from late Friday into Sunday, could easily cause more than one billion dollars (£701.1 million) in damage and paralyse the eastern third of the nation, weather service director Louis Uccellini said.
“It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect more than 50 million people,” Uccellini said.