In late January 2016, Winter Storm Jonas unfolded across the East Coast, covering the states in that area in up to 20 inches of snow. Forecasters had anticipated this storm about a week beforehand, as it originated as an intimidating weather disturbance in the upper atmosphere. The storm came to shore in the Pacific Northwest and traveled through Texas and gulf states in the east. Thunderstorms and tornado warnings raged through warmer climates while states in the northeast prepared for snow.
In preparation for the storm, several airlines shut down and sporting events were postponed. Many families rushed to restock their fridges, as most do in anticipation of a big storm. A snow emergency was issued throughout Washington, D.C., and Mayor Browser encouraged people to remain home during the storm. Throughout Maryland, 2,700 pieces of snow equipment were issued in order to distribute over 365,000 tons of road salt. Other states in the region followed similar protocols.
Storm Jonas pulled through for Turpin High School, giving us a snow day on Wednesday, January 20. Junior Grace Tierney said, “I was so excited when we had a snowday. It was super late notice and I definitely wasn’t expecting it, but it was so worth it. I spent my snow day shoveling driveways for old people in my neighborhood. I didn’t make any money, but it felt good to help out.”
Storm Jonas covered a vast majority of the Appalachian Mountains, with over 25 feet of snow, and 42 deaths have been recorded across New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Washington D.C., Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Economic damages across the country totalled up to around 500 million to 3 billion dollars. Today, people across affected areas are working to clean up the roads and restore their communities.