Intrepid Voice of America journalists braved strong winds and blowing snow to photograph the early hours of a massive storm that threatens to dump near-record amounts of snow on Washington.
A sign in southeast Washington welcomes visit to the nation's capital as it braces for a historic snowstorm (P. Datcher/VOA)
The illuminated dome of the US Capitol could be seen through the wind-blown snow at the intersection of 3rd and E. Capitol streets in Northeast Washington (P. Datcher/VOA)
The Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building, where the Voice of America is headquartered, is seen through the snow (S. Hossain/VOA)
Despite the heavy snow, people gathered to make snow angels and build snowmen in front of Washington's Union Station (P. Datcher/VOA)
Washington's Chinatown, normally bustling on a Friday night, was nearly deserted. (P. Datcher/VOA)
Workers at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery worked to keep the building's steps clear of snow (P. Datcher/VOA)
A truck plows a sidewalk in southeast Washington (S. Hossain/VOA)