Seven states declare states of emergency as Jonas moves across the eastern United States. The blizzard, accompanied by gale-force winds, dumps as much as 23 inches of snow in some areas and has already been blamed for 12 deaths. Most deaths occurred in traffic accidents, but one person in Maryland dies while shoveling snow. Louis Uccellini, director of the U. S. Nation Weather Service, said that the storm might cause as much as $1 billion in damage.
It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect up to 50 million people.