'Major storm' churns up East Coast

  • Tracey Ellis throws snow balls up in the air for her dog Rufus, 4-year-old Great Pyrenees, in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Guillaume Etouman and his niece Alexandra Jones, 9, laugh as they after they crash and fall of their sled in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Andrew Anderson, 32, walks through Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Eli Powell, from font of sled, Scott Steinhardt, Bryan Rippeon, and Chad Hotle go down stairs full of snow on a tarp in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • The east coast was hit by a snow storm Friday and Saturday with snow fall between 20 and 30 inches.
  • An impromptu snowball fight breaks out at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Eli Powell, right, deflects a snow ball thrown by his friend Tim Kilbride in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Pedestrians walk down the historic U Street corridor in Washington, D.C., during near white out conditions, Jan. 23, 2016.
  • Rafael Lagaraz shovels snow while his friend Mike Lopez, right, watches as they try to free their friend’s truck from a parking spot in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • A man jumps in to what is normally a fountain in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • A young girl poses for a photograph in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2015.
  • Clara Miner, 9, rolls around in the snow in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Liv Birnstead 10, left, and Vanessa Brotsky, 10, dig an igloo on the sidewalk in front of their home in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Twins Nora and Theodore Conforth, 3, pull a sled along the snow after coming down a hill near Adams Mill Road in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Yanik Dumont Baron, right, carries his daughter, Camille, 3, up the hill at a dog park in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Eleanor Keppelman, goes down a hill in an alley on a sled with her son Theodore Keppelman, 3, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. 
  • Linda Tyler brushes off her car with a broom in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2016. The east coast was hit by a snow storm Friday and Saturday with snow fall between 20 and 30 inches. 
  • A man walks in car tracks during a snowstorm early Jan. 23, 2016, in Atlantic City. Most of the state was facing a blizzard warning from Friday evening until Sunday that called for up to 24 inches of snow. 
  • A man maneuvers his Push cart with passengers during a snowstorm early Jan. 23, 2016, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. 
  • Donald Walker waits to cross the street with crusted snow and ice in his beard and hair, as the snow continues to fall, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington. 
  • Cardinals rest on the branches of a tree as snow falls during the storm in Evansville, Ind., Jan. 22, 2016. 
  • School children run along the National Mall as snow begins to fall, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. 
  • Snow slows down traffic on Interstate 40, Jan. 22, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South. 
  • Ben Harbin cleans the ice and snow off of his car, Jan, 22, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. 
  • The back of a road sign is coated with trails of ice as snow falls, Jan, 22, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. 
  • Visitors walk in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm. 
  • Snow covers the hat of Father Jack Soler of Staten Island, N.Y., during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. 
  • A man walks through heavy snow in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 22, 2016. Much of downtown was deserted as state and city government offices were closed for the day. 
  • Erica Hiatt passes an umbrella to Lenny Hughes as he swims in the heated pool at the SkyHouse Raleigh apartment building as snow falls, Jan. 22, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. 
  • Crew members work on salt trucks as snowfall begins, Washington, Jan. 22, 2016. After days of planning by emergency officials and residents scrambling to stock up on supplies, the blizzard got underway at about 1 p.m. 
  • A worker with the National Park Service sweeps snow from a walkway at the White House in Washington, Jan. 21, 2016, after an overnight dusting of snow hit the Washington area. 

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A massive snowstorm that has already turned deadly churned up the East Coast on Friday afternoon, forecast to transform into an angry blizzard that could bury the nation’s capital under more than 2 feet of snow.

The weekend whiteout has led to more than 6,000 canceled flights and caused at least six deaths.

The sprawling storm will blast snow across 15 states beginning Friday afternoon and evening and continuing well into Sunday, forecasters say. That has prompted rare blizzard warnings not only for Washington, D.C., but also Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Trenton, New Jersey, and Long Island, New York.

“We see this as a major storm. It has life and death implications. And all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way,” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

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