Forecasters warned on Friday that a deluge of snow and wintery conditions could bring travel chaos to the US northeast this weekend, with some 25 million people subject to a storm warning.
© Phys OrgIn 2022 the US Northeast was battered by what authorities called the 'blizzard of the century'.
Several cities in the eastern United States including New York, the most-populous city in the country, have gone record periods without winter snowfall.
But the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a winter storm warning
that "travel could be nearly impossible" in places over the weekend, threatening chaos for travelers returning from winter breaks.
The affected area stretches from just outside Boston, inland across the northeast through parts of New England down towards Baltimore and Washington, DC.
"This has the potential to be a real storm for the city," said Boston official Jascha Franklin-Hodge.
"The weather really will begin tomorrow evening into Sunday and hopefully let up in time for it to be taken care of before Monday commutes and Monday starts to school," said Boston's mayor Michelle Wu.
Ice was likely to cause power outages and fell trees, forecasters warned as winter storm Ember closed in on heavily populated areas.