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LIVE: Travel delays mount across East in advance of blizzard

Delays and cancellations are mounting across the eastern U.S. ahead of a blizzard expected to dump excessive snow from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City.

Before the storm aims for the Northeast, snow, ice and severe weather will impact the South.

As the storm strengthens, wind speeds and snowfall rates will increase. White-out conditions will occur in several states. The storm will threaten to shut down highways and airports in its path.

More than 50 million people are likely to be affected through the weekend. The full forecast, including predicted snow totals, can be found here.

8:15 a.m. Thursday: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as of 8:00 a.m., authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in response to the impending storm. More information on the state's actions and what citizens should do to prepare can be found in the press release.

8:00 a.m. Thursday: In response to the winter weather across the Northeast, Delta Airlines is permitting a one-time change to all tickets for flights traveling to, from or through various eastern cities. The airline is also vowing to issue refunds for flights canceled or significantly delayed. A full list of affected locations can be found here.