Americans face down 'Snowzilla' through social media
Published Friday, January 22, 2016 2:21PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 22, 2016 9:01PM EST
With a massive snowstorm bearing down on the Eastern United States, many Americans went all-out to prepare for a projected 25-75 centimetres of snowfall. They stocked up at grocery stores, filled up on gas, and logged on to social media sites.
There was a battle over which hashtags to use to track the storm. Should it be #blizzard2016, #snowmageddon2016 or #snowzilla?
There were plenty of "Game of Thrones" references early in the day.
Forecasters had been warning about the storm for days, and that prompted a rush at grocery stores.
It wasn’t just grocery stores that were busy.
A T-shirt maker also tried to cash in on the hype.
Pets seemed oblivious to the impending peril.
Many turned to Twitter to mock the snowmageddon fears, including a few Canadians.
I see that #blizzard2016 is trending. I thought it was a new flavour announcement from DQ. So disappointed.— Peter L. Twohig (@Ptwohig) January 22, 2016
From a weather-hardened Canadian perspective, some of the tweets are just downright adorable.
The snow caused quite a few problems for drivers unaccustomed to winter conditions.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got out of dodge early, announcing in a tweet that he was heading home from New Hampshire to beat the storm.
I'm sorry, NH but I gotta go home - we got snow coming. #Jonas— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016
Several major-league sports events scheduled for this weekend were cancelled.
BREAKING: Today's game at Washington is cancelled due to inclement weather. No makeup date announced.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 22, 2016