More Than 8K Flights Canceled Thanks to Winter Storm Jonas

New York's governor has declared a state of emergency.

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Winter Storm Jonas, a historic blizzard that's currently dumping snow on the east coast, has already caused the world's worst D.C. traffic jam, cleared out the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, and been blamed for nine deaths, and it's just getting started. The storm, which has caused 11 states, including New York, to declare a state of emergency, has also grounded more than 8,000 flights for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Saturday alone, 90 percent of flights were canceled out of New York's LaGuardia airport.

"Anyone who has looked out the window understand the conditions," said New York Mayor Bill De Blasio at a press conference on Saturday. He urged motorists to stay off the roads, as flooding in streets and on highways is a major concern. (In some states, coastal flooding is forecast to be worse than flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.) Weather forecasters estimate the city might see 20 to 30 inches of snow before Sunday morning. New York City busses will stop running at noon today, and public transportation in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. has also been shut down.

And if you're driving into NYC, turn around and go home now, @BilldeBlasio says.

— Andy Newman (@andylocal) January 23, 2016

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, thousands of drivers were stranded overnight on Interstate 75. As of 9 a.m. the Associated Press reported traffic was moving slowly, but many drivers had already abandoned their cars to the frozen hellscape and taken refuge in nearby hotels.

Thousands of drivers are stranded on a nearly 20-mile stretch of I-75 northbound starting in London, KY. #SnoWBIR

— Becca Habegger (@BeccaReports) January 23, 2016

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is what Jonas looks like from space:

Massive #snowstorm blanketing #EastCoast clearly visible from @Space_Station! Stay safe! #blizzard2016 #YearInSpace

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 23, 2016

On the bright side, this panda is having a great time.

Tian Tian woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. 🐼🌨 #blizzard2016

— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 23, 2016

In short, be smart and stay inside.

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