Blizzard Strikes East Coast

A massive winter storm clobbered a huge swath of the eastern United States on Saturday and in some places appeared poised to dump more snow than expected — including up to 30 inches in downstate New York and up to 4 feet in Maryland, officials and forecasters said.

Blizzard Strikes East Coast By the numbers:

• 1/10th of a mile visibility in Baltimore on Saturday morning due to heavy snow.

• Eight people dead nationwide (Six fatalities were in North Carolina, one in Virginia and one in Kentucky.)

• 11 states declared states of emergency. They are: Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington has declared a “snow emergency.”

• 18-40 inches of snow possible in some areas, according to meteorologists.

• 55 mph wind gusts are possible in Norfolk, Virginia.

• 989 traffic crashes and 793 disabled vehicles were responded to by Virginia State Police as of late Friday night.

• More than 8,600 flights were canceled from Friday through Sunday, according to

• More than 200,000 customers in 13 states were without power Saturday because of the storm, according to various energy companies. About 140,000 of them were in the Carolinas.

• 33 million people are under blizzard warnings.