WATCH VIDEO: Areas Of South, Washington D.C. Hammered By Winter Storm

The Nation's Capital is now in the thick of it. That storm that blanketed the south with snow Wednesday is headed north.

The Federal Government is closed. Maryland and Virginia declared states of emergency and closed schools early, before the snow started to fall.

Big, thick, wet flakes have coming down all night. Five inches of snow are expected with two to four more coming this morning. "I'm excited for it actually. I don't think I'll be able to run tomorrow," said one person.

If you didn't get out before the storm, good luck finding supplies now. "Right now we sold out of shovels, sold out of salt, play sand is all we got right now," said a store worker.

The Washington area is on the front end of this storm that swept through the south.

It's more snow than some Carolina residents have seen in a lifetime.

A church roof collapsed in North Carolina. "I saw the roof go from up here boom, straight down," said a witness.

In Charlotte, snow brought traffic to a standstill. For some, it was faster to walk. "Literally since the turn we've been here an hour and half or two hours," said one commuter.

The Governor warned residents. "Don't put your stupid hat on at this point in time. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your neighbors," said Governor Pat McCrory, (R) North Carolina.

By evening, snow turned to sleet and rain, but the damage was already done. Across the south, 700,000 were without power.

Atlanta fared better this time. People stayed home. The Mayor says clear roads may be deceiving.

Now the northeast prepares for round two.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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