WASHINGTON - Weather warnings stretch across a dozen states this weekend and the nation's capitol is expected to take the hardest hit.
Forecasters are calling it an historic storm. If Washington, D.C., gets 20 inches of snow as expected, it will be the biggest snowstorm in almost 100 years.
"I hate snow," resident Vernell McKnight said. "The older I get, the more I hate it."
Click play for more on the expected snowfall with AccuWeather meterologist Bernie Rayno, following Paul Strand's report.
The federal government shut down early, Friday, D.C.-area schools remained closed and airlines are cancelling flights because of the blizzard-like conditions anticipated to last through Saturday. Even Amtrak lines will not be open.
Road crews are warning drivers to stay home.
"People going out Friday, Saturday night just don't even consider it as an option," Dave Buck of the Maryland Highway Administration said.
Stores have been raided as people stock up to stay inside for the weekend.
"That was full of salt this morning," Ace Harware worker Wayne Kahn said pointing at shelves. "The floor in front of this was full of salt all morning. Now, all we have is by the front door."
Meanwhile, the messy mix of sleet and snow has brought down power lines in North Carolina.
New York officials tried to get roads cleared before the afternoon rush, but that was a losing battle.
Philadelphia is prepared for the worst with a fleet of sand trucks on standby.
Back in D.C., officials say they do not expect all of the roads to be cleared in time for the Monday morning commute.