1922 Knickerbocker Theater. Washington, DC
“A winter storm that could bury parts of the Middle Atlantic region under nearly 3 feet of snow slammed into Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon, threatening the nation’s capital with record accumulations as it barrels up the populous East Coast.
After days of planning by emergency officials and a scramble by residents to stock up on supplies, the blizzard started blanketing the Washington area at about 1 p.m.
The storm, expected to end late on Saturday afternoon, could leave 2 to 2.5 feet (61 to 76 cm) on the ground and bring winds of 30 to 50 mph (48 to 80 kph), according to the National Weather Service.
The western suburbs of the capital were expecting up to 3 feet, leading the Virginia National Guard to bring in up to 300 troops to deal with emergencies. In New York, 600 National Guard personnel were on standby.
“I want to be very clear with everybody. This is a major storm,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said as the city braced for what could turn out to be one of the worst storms in its history. “This has life and death implications and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way.”
Despite the dire warnings, only four fatalities in weather-related car crashes had been reported as of Friday afternoon, all of them in North Carolina.
The Weather Channel said more than 85 million people in at least 20 states were covered by a winter weather warning, watch or advisory.
Airlines canceled nearly 6,300 flights for Friday and Saturday, most of them at airports in the New York and Philadelphia areas, according to FlightAware.com.
Washington snowfall could eclipse the ‘Snowmageddon’ storm of 2010 that dropped 17.8 inches, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. If forecast prove accurate, the storm could rival the 1922 Knickerbocker storm, which dumped a record 28 inches on the city.
“I think it’s going to be a nightmare, the rates of snow we’re talking about,” said Marisa Kritikson, 27, a nursing student at George Washington University in Washington after buying snow shovel to dig out from her basement apartment.”
“The Knickerbocker Storm was a blizzard that occurred on January 27–28, 1922 in the upper South and middle Atlantic United States. The storm took its name from the resulting collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C. shortly after 9 p.m. on January 28 which killed 98 people and injured 133.”[Wikipedia]
Charles Clanton Rogers January 22, 2016