Blizzard Warning in Effect as Winter Storm Pounds Region

A blizzard warning remains in effect until Sunday morning as the D.C. area continues to get pounded with the first major winter event of 2016.

The District, as well as Maryland and Virginia, are still under states of emergency.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered I-270 and most of I-70 closed immediately.

The highways will remain closed until 7 a.m. Sunday to everyone except emergency personnel.

I-70 is closed from I-81 in Washington County to the Baltimore beltway.

The closure comes after a number of snow-related traffic incidents involving several tractor trailers.

Baltimore is banning non-emergency vehicles from its streets overnight to speed the cleanup process, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents to “stay home” in a Saturday morning press conference — a sentiment echoed by D.C. Police and D.C.’s Department of Homeland Security.

Bowser also said the blizzard “has life and death implications and all residents should treat it that way.”

The storm has indeed proved deadly. Authorities in Prince George’s County say a man shoveling snow died after an apparent heart attack Saturday morning, contributing to the total number of deaths from the storm — which stands at at least 18. There have also been storm-related deaths in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Some of the deaths were a result of ice and snow on roads.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne also urged residents to stay off roads until the storm passes.

D.C.’s Metro system shut down all train and bus service for the weekend. The Maryland Transit Administration followed suit.

Flight tracking service FlightAware says more than 5,500 flights to, from or within the U.S. have been canceled this weekend due to the blizzard.

The bulk of Saturday’s nearly 4,300 cancellations were at airports in the New York City and Washington areas. Another 1,200 flights were canceled for Sunday.

High winds — sometimes seeming to blow sideways — are making it hard to get accurate measurements of snowfall except in official locations, meteorologists say, but the inch count has surpassed records in some locations.

Seven locations near Washington unofficially passed the 30 inches of snow mark as of 1 p.m. Saturday.

That’s according to the National Weather Service’s running totals. And 36 places recorded at least two feet of snow.

A trained weather spotter reported 33 inches in Berkeley County, West Virginia. A National Weather Service employee in Frederick, Maryland, and trained spotters in Loudoun County, Virginia, and Jefferson County, West Virginia, all recorded 31 inches of snow.

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