The “major storm” bearing down on Washington, D.C., “has life and death implications, and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.
She said that the snow would arrive earlier than expected, with the first flakes now anticipated around 1 to 3 p.m. Friday ET.
The nation’s capital, though, is not alone in expecting blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service has extended its blizzard warning to include New York City and Philadelphia.
All flights to and from Philadelphia International Airport will be canceled Saturday, an airport spokeswoman said.
More than 5,000 U.S. flights have been called off Friday and Saturday due to the storm. (Flights Canceled)