A man clears snow from the sidewalk in front of his home, March 23, 2015. Scott Olson/Getty Images

A winter storm is on its way to ravage telephone lines, interrupt your daily schedule and make roads super slippery across the eastern U.S., but that doesn’t mean you can’t marvel in its glory from the safety of your laptop. In the modern age, seeing the conditions in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York or Boston is as easy as finding this article. Take a look at those links for weather cam live streams from local television stations in those cities.

The storm, which the Weather Channel is calling Jonas, was expected to be the first major winter storm of the year, with as much as 12 to 24 inches of snow projected to fall in certain areas of the northeastern United States. For some areas, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region of the country, the storm was expected to be “crippling,” according to USA Today. That could have major impacts on all parts of life, including businesses, homes and travel.

Washington, D.C., was expected to receive some of the worst of the storm’s wrath, according to maps of weather patterns and impact areas. The entire D.C. metropolitan area was put on a blizzard watch by the National Weather Service because of “potential life-threatening conditions” that were expected from Friday night through Saturday. Residents were warned not to travel during that time. The brunt of that snow will come overnight from Friday into Saturday.

Heading north, the Philadelphia area can expect less severe conditions, but still are likely to be hit by a wintry mix of rain and snow, according to NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate, WCAU-TV (for more specific forecasts in that region, visit here).

Major metropolitan areas further north, including New York and Boston, can expect heavy snows as well, while coastal regions from New Jersey on north into Long Island and southern New England should prepare for flooding, freezing temperatures and erosion along their shorelines.

The Deep South can expect freezing temperatures, heavy rain and thunderstorms.