Monster Blizzard of 2016 Strikes US East Coast, Tracked by NASA and NOAA Satellites

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite snapped this image of the approaching blizzard around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument's Day-Night band.   Credit: NOAA/NASA

NEW JERSEY- The monstrous ‘Blizzard of 2016′ predicted by weather forecasters for days has struck a wide swath of the US East Coast from the Gulf coast to the Carolinas to New York and soon into New England, with full fury today, Friday, Jan. 22.NASA and NOAA satellites are tracking the storm which is already inundating the biggest population centers, affecting some 85 million people up and down the Atlantic Coast, as it moves in a northeasterly direction.This afternoon, NASA and NOAA released a series of eyepopping satellite images showing the massive extent of the storm, which may drop historic amounts of snow on Washington DC and other cities over the day 24 to 48 hours.The two agencies released a particularly striking image, shown above, showing the storm swarming over virtually the entire continental US as it was closing in on the East coast cites.It was taken Friday afternoon by the NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite showing the approaching blizzard around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument’s Day-Night band.States of Emergency have been declared by Governors of states from Virginia to New England, and the list is growing.

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