Areas in the heart of the storm, forward through tonight are in for heavy snowfall, 40- to 60-mph wind gusts, nasty cold, whiteouts and massive drifts.
Officials report there have been 1,800 crashes and disabled vehicles in Virginia alone as of the mid-afternoon Saturday. Three people have died in storm related incidents in the state. Portions of I-95 and I-495 have been closed.
Snowfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour will shift slowly northward from northern Maryland to southern New England through tonight with the strengthening storm, closing roads and stranding motorists.