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January 2016 United States blizzard
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The intensifying extratropical cyclone responsible for the blizzard over the Northeastern United States, at 2:15 a.m. EST (07:15 UTC) on January 23, 2016.
Type Extratropical cyclone
Winter storm
Ice storm
Formed 2016
Dissipated 2016
Damage $500 million – $3 billion in economic losses
Power outages 631,000+ people affected
Total fatalities At least 55 fatalities
Areas affected Pacific Northwest, Great Plains, South Central United States, Eastern United States (especially the Mid-Atlantic states), Atlantic Canada, British Isles, Finland

The January 2016 United States blizzard was a severe weather event. The weather caused multiple states in the Mid-Atlantic to declare a state of emergency. The blizzard happened between January 20 and 25, 2016.

On January 20–22, the governors of eleven states and the mayor of Washington, D.C. declared a state of emergency in anticipation of significant snowfall and blizzard conditions. Approximately 103 million people were affected by the storm, with 33 million people under blizzard warnings.

More than 13,000 flights were cancelled in relation to the storm, with effects rippling internationally. Thousands of National Guardsmen were placed on standby and states deployed millions of gallons of brine and thousands of tons of road salt to lessen the storm's effect on roadways. A travel ban was instituted for New York City and Newark, New Jersey for January 23–24. The storm was given various unofficial names, including Winter Storm Jonas, Blizzard of 2016 and Snowzilla.

Two to three feet of snow fell from Virginia to New England. Snow also fell in Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. The storm also caused tornadoes and hail from Louisiana to Florida.


ISS-46 January 2016 United States blizzard seen from ISS
January 2016 United States blizzard seen from ISS

The storm's widespread effects paralyzed travel across the eastern United States as it produced more than 20 in (51 cm) of snow across a large area along the Appalachian Mountains. At least 55 fatalities have been attributed to the storm and its aftermath. Throughout the affected region, more than 631,000 people lost power.

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