A blizzard warning has been issued, there’s a state of emergency in Maryland and several major school districts have already made the decision to close on Friday ahead of a strong storm system that could bring heavy snowfall to the area. The blizzard warning goes into effect at 1 p.m. Friday and lasts through 6 a.m. Sunday. The state of emergency in Maryland begins Friday at 7 a.m. WJZ-TV’s meteorologists say the major winter storm headed to the region will begin dropping snow on the area Friday afternoon or evening. Weather models say snow totals will vary depending on location, but some areas could get up to two feet.

The heaviest snowfall is predicted for 4 p.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday. Bruce Sullivan, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, says Baltimore and Washington are likely in the “sweet spot” for a potentially paralyzing winter storm and life-threatening blizzard conditions. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have all issued states of emergency for their respective jurisdictions ahead of the storm. FULL REPORT