According to The Weather Channel, more than 65 million Americans in 18 states are under blizzard warnings or winter storm warnings as Winter Storm Jonas cranks up over the South and marches toward the East Coast, generating an expanding swath of snow and ice across both regions. Another 21 million people are under National Weather Service watches and advisories for winter weather in anticipation of Jonas' impact.
Blizzard warnings, expected to last until early Sunday, stretch from northern Virginia to parts of New York's Long Island, where the U.S. Coast Guard warned seas could swell up to 18 feet. Forecasters also warned of "thundersnow," a dangerous type of thunderstorm that drops snow instead of rain. Millions in the nation's capitol have been warned by Mayor Muriel Bowser to brace for a "life and death" winter storm.
Video Credit: NASA satellite imagery of winter storm Jonas
Being prepared is critical at a time like this. In addition to stocking up on food staples, tech savvy people can download apps to stay informed and get assistance in emergency situations.
The Winter Survival Kit App --- which is free --- helps users find their location if they become stranded, call 911, notify friends and family, calculate how long fuel will last, and give timed reminders to to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. The app also stores important phone numbers, insurance information and motor club contacts. And users will love the large "I'm Stranded!" button which can be easily accessed in an emergency situation.
Featured Image and Video: NASA satellite imagery of winter storm Jonas