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Pedestrian wait to cross 13th street in downtown Washington during an evening snowfall, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. As Washington prepares for this weekend's snowstorm, now forecast to reach blizzard conditions, a small clipper system pushed through the region Wednesday night causing massive delays and issues on the roads.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Bloomberg) — A blizzard watch has been posted from Virginia to Long Island, including Washington and New York, for a storm that threatens to bring high winds and heavy snow starting Friday and lasting through the weekend.

Washington and Baltimore have a good chance of getting more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow. Philadelphia could receive almost as much, and New York may see 6 to 12 inches, Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said Thursday. High winds along the coast raise the chances for blizzard conditions.

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