The first big blizzard of 2016 is certainly buzzing on social media. With winds packing gusts more than 70 mph and causing flooding around the coastal region, the #blizzard2016 is being compared to the type of blizzard that resembles a snow hurricane, according to Slate.
— Slate (@Slate) January 23, 2016
As such, Twitter reports #blizzard2016 as their top trending hashtag as of this writing, with 255,000 tweets about #blizzard2016 coming into the social media network. Some of those #blizzard2016 hashtagged tweets are accompanied by other labels that further break down the blizzard by region. Such was the case with a Twitter user named Cailey Solano, who tweeted a photo of the Maryland blizzard that showed inches of snow piled up to her doorway, causing her to feel she couldn’t even walk outside.
— cailey solano (@caileysolanooo) January 23, 2016
Millions of people were expected to be affected by the #blizzard2016, and those that are being affected are turning to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to make their voices heard about what they are experiencing.
On Facebook, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) provided an update to Facebook about the #blizzard2016’s impact, and how those affected by the blizzard can find official government updates.
“Major to historic winter storm will continue to impact a large area extending from the Middle Atlantic Region to southern New England. Very heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions are forecast with the heaviest snow expected from the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas west to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 feet can be expected with locally higher amounts of 2 to 3 feet west of the major cities. Heavy snow will also spread northward into Philadelphia, New York City and Long Island.”
“Another significant factor with this storm will be moderate to major tidal flooding along coastal locations. Very strong winds…gusting over 60 mph at times will generate large battering waves and beach erosion is likely to occur.”
“The storm system will move away from the east coast on Sunday and more tranquil weather is expected to follow.
“All weather hazards and headlines can be found at: www.weather.gov“
Instagram already has the #blizzard2016 hashtag filling up, with 50,269 posts under that label thus far and counting. Some are photos, like one posted by Instagram user iam_mztet in Largo, Maryland, which show inches and inches of snow pilled onto patio chairs and a deck. It’s a #blizzard2016 scene not likely often seen in regions like Maryland.
Some are before and after photos, like the photo from Instagram user Ricky Sears, who writes that the view isn’t much to look a the but the snow that has fallen 24 hours into #blizzard2016 sure paints a picture of the snow totals.
In the first above photo, a man is shown walking his dog in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, January 22. The blizzard was expected to attack the Eastern United States and dump snow in Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and plenty of other places in the path of #blizzard2016.
Certain #blizzard2016 photos are downright adorable, like the Instagram user sojournersojourns photo showing viewers what it’s like to walk her dog Clo in the snow of #blizzard2016 as the beagle is snowed-in within #PGCounty, Prince George’s County, Maryland, that is.
Meanwhile, the news about #blizzard2016 proves that the blizzard isn’t all fun and games. Some have experienced power outages, car accidents and 11 states have declared a state of emergency due to the blizzard, according to Salon.
— Slate (@Slate) January 23, 2016
The videos of #blizzard2016 show snow plows working hard in the D.C.-area to battle the #blizzard2016.
— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) January 23, 2016
Other fun videos like the one below show a dog who hails from Florida discovering snow for the first time via #blizzard2016, and loving the blizzard.
— Larry Collins (@LarryCFOX45) January 23, 2016
[AP Photo/Mark Humphrey]