The United States Capitol is shrouded in fog on Wednesday as much of the East Coast snows

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A winter storm warning has been issued across most of the East Coast of the United States, with up to 14 inches of snow and winds of up to 45 miles per hour expected from the Winter Gale storm.

The Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings, hours, and instructions all the way from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, all the way to northeast Georgia, over 850 miles. More than 70 million people were subjected to a warning or warning of a winter storm.

Near snowstorm conditions are expected to hit New York City on Wednesday evening, the biggest storm to hit the city since January 2016. Bill de Blasio announced the closure of schools on Thursday.

Snow is expected to reach two feet in inland areas of Pennsylvania, New York State, and much of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Washington, DC and Philadelphia will sit on the dividing line between precipitation types, creating a messy mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and possibly cold rain as the storm intensifies and moves along the East Coast.

People are asked to avoid all but essential travel.

Airlines have canceled 700 flights and delayed nearly 400 due to the impending storm.

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Welcome to our live coverage of the Great Storm Heading for the East Coast

Welcome to our live coverage of the impending storm. If you’re reading this in the eastern United States, I hope you’ll be in a warm and cozy place.

There are winter weather warnings from North Georgia to Cape Cod – within 850 miles.

And in Washington, D.C., the first chips are already falling off …

Harriet AlexanderDecember 16, 2020 19:33

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Snow falls on the White House

The Washington PostThe photographer captured the scene in the White House, with the first chips falling.

Harriet AlexanderDecember 16, 2020 19:40

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New York Mayor warns of “the largest snowfall in several years”

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, asks his city to prepare for itself.

“We haven’t seen many storms like this in the past few years, thank God,” he said.

“We saw much less snow than we saw a few years ago.

“So, this could be the biggest storm in several years.”

It has been announced that schools will close their doors on Thursday.

Harriet AlexanderDecember 16, 2020 20:16

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Satellite imagery shows the size of the Winter Gale storm

The storm will stretch 850 miles from northern Georgia to Cape Cod

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Snow is expected throughout Wednesday and Thursday

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Harriet AlexanderDecember 16, 2020 20:45

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Treacherous driving conditions in Pennsylvania

Harriet Alexander16 December 2020 21:40

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Pennsylvania governor warns of power outages

Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania, signed an emergency declaration related to winter weather, adding that blackouts are a possibility.

Models predict that the first major winter storm in nearly a year will hit Pennsylvania tomorrow.

“ Commonwealth emergency preparedness teams have spent a significant amount of time and energy over the past several months to support efforts to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic, help the Commonwealth address this public health emergency and ensure vaccines are delivered as planned.

This announcement makes it easier for all participants to deliver the vaccine and keep people safe to do their jobs. “

Harriet Alexander16 December 2020 21:55

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The National Weather Service shares photos from Washington, D.C. meteorologists

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Snowflake Here are the images that meteorologists shared across Washington, DC from 12:30 to 1 pm today,” so NWS tweeted.

“Requesting photos from West to East shows the location of the snowfall created with this event, even at a short distance.”

Graeme Massey16 December 2020 22:15

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Weather in Pennsylvania is like a “snowball”

Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, is set to receive more snow from the Winter Gale than it did in the whole of last year.

Graeme MasseyDecember 16, 2020 22:40

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Virginia authorities warn of the danger of black ice

“As the sun sets and temperatures drop, the roads will start to freeze. It is very difficult to see the ice on the roads, bridges and flyovers, which is often referred to as black ice, while driving.”

Reduce your speeds, set aside extra travel time, and focus on driving.

Graeme MasseyDecember 16, 2020 23:02

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Citi Bikes closed in New York due to snow

Users will not be able to rent the popular bikes from 7 PM ET and the system will remain closed until the weather improves.

Graeme MasseyDecember 16, 2020 23:09

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