Washington D.C. wakes up to a thick blanket of snow

A time lapse video shows the White House and other Washington D.C. landmarks covered in snow.

WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (JANUARY 23, 2016) (NBC) – A thick layer of snow covered the Washington D.C. area on Saturday (January 23) as a potentially record-setting blizzard arrived on the East Coast, paralyzing road, rail and airline travel from North Carolina to New York.

Time lapse video showed the progression of snowfall as the storm progressed from Friday afternoon (January 22) into the evening, covering the White House, Capitol Hill and Lincoln Memorial in a blanket of snow.

The Washington and Baltimore metro areas were expected to bear the brunt of the storm. Two to three feet of snow are likely, accompanied by winds of 30 to 50 miles per hour (48 to 80 km per hour), before the storm winds down on Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.