Pictures of blizzard 2016 from outer space.

Winter Blizzard 2016: Pictures Of Massive Snowstorm Taken From Outer Space [Photos]

Dubbed Winter Storm Jonas, the first major blizzard of 2016 is perhaps best viewed from outer space. American astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted some pictures of the massive snowstorm from the International Space Station.

Affecting millions of people and stretching from Chicago to the East Coast, the blizzard pictures show just how big the storm is. “It clearly has a long way to go,” Kelly writes. City lights are barely visible under the thick blanket of clouds.

At 342 days, Kelly will live on the International Space Station longer than any other U.S. astronaut. He is taking part in a NASA experiment to study how long-duration spaceflights affect the human body.

While Kelly sits 200 miles above the surface of the Earth, millions on the ground are getting buried in a snowstorm stretching nearly 1,000 miles.

In a report from Reuters, the 2016 winter blizzard continues to pound the East Coast and has brought New York City to a standstill. According to mayor Bill de Blasio, the storm has dumped about 30 inches of snow on the city thus far and isn’t expected to let up until sometime on Sunday.

De Blasio said the storm is much worse than originally expected as snow continues to accumulate at three inches an hour. At noon ET today, New York City buses were suspended until further notice. Over 5,000 flights into or out of any New York City area airports have been cancelled.

“This is bad and it is getting worse rapidly,” the mayor said in a press conference.

For the first time since Hurricane Sandy, all Broadway Saturday shows have been cancelled. However, theater owners and Broadway producers expect normal operations to resume on Sunday.

So far, 11 states, including New York, have declared states of emergency. Due to white-out conditions, Governor Andrew Cuomo closed all New York City and Long Islands roads to non-emergency vehicles starting at 2:30 p.m. today.

“If you really do not need to leave your house, do not leave your house,” Cuomo said in announcing the state of emergency Saturday morning. “I don’t care how big a four-wheel drive vehicle you have, the roads are barely passable.”

The storm has paralyzed other East Coast areas, as well. All bus and rail services have been suspended by New Jersey Transit. Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has closed the subway system through Sunday.

As another six to 10 inches are expected, District of Columbia officials are advising residents to stay home while crews clear the roads.

“Our message, and we need the public to listen, is to stay home and to stay off the streets. That includes people who are attempting to drive, but it also includes people who are walking,” said Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Many forecasters are predicting the blizzard will drop more snow in the nation’s capital and the surrounding Virginia suburbs than the record 28 inches that fell during a two-day storm in 1922.

“This is going to be one of those generational events, where your parents talk about how bad it was,” said meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Philadelphia and Baltimore have also shut down much of their public transportation services until tomorrow.

Coastal flooding not seen since Hurricane Sandy is also impacting the area. The blizzard’s gale force winds are creating record-setting tides and causing major flooding in New Jersey and Delaware.

It’s not just the East Coast that is experiencing problems. Motorists in Kentucky were stranded overnight on Interstate 75 until early Saturday afternoon, when state police were finally able to re-open the highway.

The Duquesne University men’s basketball team was stuck for 12 hours on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The 2016 blizzard has left 100,000 homes without power and has been blamed for 11 deaths. Six deaths have been reported in North Carolina, while Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. had one each. At least 80 million people, or a quarter of the U.S. population, are currently in the path of the snowstorm.

[Photo by AP Photo/Peter Morgan]

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