The National Weather Service said the storm had the potential to cripple a large swath of the Northeast, with about 2 feet (61 cm) of snow due to hit the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington from Friday.
Given the extraordinary conditions expected, The residents of Washington has been preparing all week for the type of snowstorm that Bowser said Washington has not seen in 90 years.
The governors of Arkansas and Tennessee ordered state offices to remain close on Friday because of the storm pushed through their states and Kentucky.
Across the Southeast, government offices, schools and universities were closed on Friday.Airlines have canceled more than 5,000 flights on Friday and Saturday, most of them at airports of North Carolina and Washington.
Residents along the coast of New Jersey were preparing for possible flooding during high tides, Saturday and Sunday.