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

John Houck

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.

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."

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.

[Photo by AP Photo/Peter Morgan]

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