This weekend’s snowstorm is the fourth one that some parts of the East Coast have experienced in January.
Two weeks ago, a strong winter storm slammed the South with snow showers and ice before moving north on Monday and dropping heavy snow over parts of the Northeast and Canada, where gusty winds made travel treacherous.
On Jan. 4, a snowstorm left hundreds of drivers stranded along Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Va., just south of Washington for more than 24 hours. The storm trapped truckers, students, families and every stripe of commuter, including Tim Kaine, the junior U.S. senator from Virginia and a former Democratic nominee for vice president.
Flights and rail service from New York to Washington were also disrupted by that storm, which knocked out power to more than half million customers and killed at least three people. In total, more than 14 inches of snow was recorded in Northern Virginia, while Washington reported more than eight inches.
On Jan. 6, a second, less-significant weather system made its way across the Mid-Atlantic States and Northeast, once again creating hazardous driving conditions and disrupting air travel for thousands. The governors of New Jersey and Virginia declared states of emergency before the storm. In the end, a swath of six to 12 inches of snow was reported from Tennessee to Maine, the National Weather Service said.