Millions have been affected by a historic storm that saw near-record-breaking snowfall across the eastern US. Storm Jonas, dubbed ‘Snowzilla’, hit a number of states over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, affecting some 85 million people.
New York City saw its second-highest snowfall since records began, with an astonishing 26.8 inches falling in Central Park. Filmmaker Casey Neistat took advantage of the rare weather by snowboarding through the streets while towed by a Jeep – even after city officials announced a total ban on driving would come into effect on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, giant panda Tian Tian enjoyed playing in the 22.4 inches of snow that brought the capital to a standstill.
The heaviest snowfall was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, which had 42 inches (over a metre). At the height of the storm, 300,000 people were left without power, and nearly 3,500 domestic and international flights were cancelled. Storm Jonas is believed to have killed 30 people, causing car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks while shovelling snow.
The storm has now headed out into the Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters have warned that it is now headed for the UK, bringing storm force winds and heavy rain. Speaking to The Independent, a Met Office spokesperson said:
“We are in for some heavy rain and strong winds. The amounts of rainfall could be pretty high, there is potential for 50 to 100mm, which is four inches. Across northwest England and Scotland there could be upwards of 150mm, almost rivalling what we saw in December. These are quite wet areas and they are susceptible to flooding.”
For the areas of Britain that were devastated by flooding throughout December, Storm Jonas could cause further flooding misery. The Environment Agency has warned residents in affected areas to “be prepared for the possibility of flooding”.
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