The U.S. East Coast is preparing for a major snow storm that weather experts are calling "historic" even before any snow falls.
The storm could produce blizzard conditions in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York City. At least 15 states expect heavy snow until Sunday.
Weather officials expect between 30 and 90 centimeters of snow. Officials expect strong winds, ice and coastal flooding during the storm.
Some cities and states, including Washington and Maryland, have declared states of emergency. Government leaders are asking the millions in the storm's path to be "better safe than sorry."
"Be careful, stay home on Saturday unless you have to travel somewhere," said Anthony Santino, a city official for Hempstead, N.Y.
Residents of the nation's capital experienced winter weather earlier this week. Washington had barely 5 centimeters of snow Wednesday. But many drivers were stranded because of a thin layer of ice on the roads. Some people abandoned their vehicles in the middle and on the side of the road.
Leading up to the weekend storm, supplies are difficult to find at hardware stores and grocery stores. Supplies of bottled water, wood for fires and snow shovels are limited.
"The fastest moving thing has been snow shovels. We are down to the last few of them," said Derek Staton, who works at a hardware store in Virginia.
Schools in the Washington area closed Friday in preparation for the storm. The federal government only required its employees to work for half the day on Friday.
The capitol's public transportation system will close Friday evening and plans to stay closed through Monday morning.
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1.blizzard n. 暴风雪，大风雪；大打击 vi. 下暴风雪
A blizzard was blasting great drifts of snow across the lake.
2.strand n. 线；串；海滨 vt. 使搁浅；使陷于困境；弄断；使落后 vi. 搁浅
The receding tide stranded the whale.
3.shovel n. 铁铲；一铲的量；铲车 vt. 铲除；用铲挖；把…胡乱塞入 vi. 铲
The child packed the sand down with his shovel.
4.hardware n. 计算机硬件；五金器具
The company deals in both hardware and software.
1.Government leaders are asking the millions in the storm's path to be "better safe than sorry."
Better safe than sorry 小心不出大错；宁可事先谨慎有余，不要事后追悔莫及
Don't be afraid to have this checked by a doctor— better safe than sorry!
“ You could easily have overtaken the truck just now. ”“ better safe than sorry,” the driver replied.
“你本来一下子就可以超过那辆卡车的 。”“宁求稳妥，以免遗憾 。”司机答道 。
2."The fastest moving thing has been snow shovels. We are down to the last few of them," said Derek Staton, who works at a hardware store in Virginia.
be down to 只剩下（少许钱财、货物等）；降低至
The unemployed worker was down to his last penny when at last he found a job.
Inflation will be down to three percent.
本周早些时候首都居民刚经历了冬日天气，周日华盛顿降了大约5厘米厚的雪。但很多驾车者仍被困其中，因为路面上有一层薄冰 。有的人将车辆丢在路中间和边上 。