The United States East Coast is bracing for a major weather disaster for the first time in four years.
The storm is expected to stretch from the Carolinas to Maine, with hurricane-force winds along the coast. Five states have declared states of emergency.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who is no stranger to snowfall, said the storm could be “historic.”
In New England, more than two feet of snow could fall.
Flooding is also expected near the coast, according to weather officials.
According to FlightAware, over 5,000 US flights were canceled between Friday and Sunday.
Forecasters predict that the storm, known as a Nor’easter, will dump up to 2 feet (61 cm) of snow in the Boston area.
The current 24-hour record of 27.6in (70cm) was set in 2003.
According to experts, the storm will undergo bombogenesis, which means that colder air will mix with warmer sea air, resulting in a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure.
The process results in a bomb cyclone.
“Travel should be limited to emergencies only,” the National Weather Service in Boston advised.
“If you must travel, bring a winter survival kit.
Stay with your vehicle if you become stranded.”
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the powerful storm began to hit the country’s coast, with snowfall already reported in several states.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Virginia declared states of emergency, advising residents to avoid driving for their own safety.
According to news reports, the storm will affect 75 million people.
Saturday’s outdoor dining, as well as vaccine appointments, have been canceled by New York Mayor Eric Adams.
Governor Kathy Hochul of New York suggested that residents stay at home “with a six-pack of beer and wait it out.”
Florida is also expected to experience some of its coldest temperatures in years, causing iguanas, a cold-blooded lizard species, to become immobile and fall from trees.