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Winter Storm Saturn Blankets East Coast

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Winter Storm Saturn has traveled across the entire continental US, burying communities in snow and hindering travel. East Coast residents across several states are feeling the force of a snow storm that is dropping up to a feet of snow in places.

Washington, D.C., has only just begun to see snowfall, but local airports have already cancelled over a thousand flights both in and out of the area. The federal government is closed for the day, and school districts have closed throughout the broader metropolitan area, including Baltimore.

The mountains of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia have already felt Saturn’s touch along with parts of Ohio and Maryland.

In Virginia, over 130,000 residents were without power this morning. The Blue Ridge Mountains area anticipates around a foot of snow with close to two feet possible at higher elevations. The Shenandoah Valley region has experienced heavy snow fall, impacting academic institutions such as the University of Virginia and James Madison University. Neighboring West Virginia has seen over a foot of snow all over the state. A similar amount fell in Western Pennsylvania.

Two New Jersey towns hit hard by Hurricane Sandy have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in flood-prone areas. Moderate to major flooding is expected, and a high wind watch is in effect. Delaware is also at risk of severe flooding along the coast.

Flight cancellations and delays are expected to hit New York City and Philadelphia, but New York may not receive much more than rain.

Winter Storm Saturn is the latest named winter storm to strike this year. The Weather Channel began the practice of naming winter storms for this winter season as a means of making winter storms easier to track. While the names are not officially endorsed by the National Weather Service, they have been adopted by many state and local governments trying to prepare their communities for upcoming storms.

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The worst of Winter Storm Saturn will have passed by nightfall as the storm fades out over the Atlantic.

[Images via The Weather Channel]

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