The heaviest snow storms for decades have struck the eastern US, paralysing air and road transport, and bringing Washington DC to a standstill.
The storm knocked down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
Nearly 2ft (60cm) of snow had fallen by noon on Saturday in cities across the region, the Associated Press reports.
The governors of Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.
West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also affected.
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