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Snow accumulates on vehicles parked along Jenifer Street during a major blizzard in Washington, DC, USA, 23 January 2016.A massive snowstorm has brought much of the eastern US to a standstill, affecting some 85 million people.

The blizzard has dumped 40in (102cm) of snow in some areas, with 11 states declaring emergencies.

All non-essential travel is banned in New York, with officials believing it could be one of the city's worst snowstorms.

At least 18 deaths - many from traffic accidents - have been blamed on the severe weather since Friday.

In all, 20 states have been affected by the fierce storm.
Tens of thousands of homes are now without power and traffic jams lasting more than 12 hours were reported in Kentucky and Pennsylvania on Saturday.

In rural Virginia - parts of which had more than 30in of snow - there were more than 1,000 car crashes and two people died of hypothermia.

The heaviest unofficial snowfalls recorded by mid-afternoon on Saturday included:

In New York, travel restrictions came into effect in the city at at 14:30 (19:30 GMT), with transport being suspended and bridges shut.

Emergency vehicles and workers carrying out repairs are being allowed to use roads - but those driving non-essential vehicles risk being arrested

Almost all flights into the city have been cancelled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said up to 28in of snow might fall, making it one of the five worst winter storms in the city.

New York's highest previous snowfall, 26.9in, was recorded in February 2006.

"This is going to be one of those generational events, where your parents talk about how bad it was," said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist with WeatherBell Analytics.
On the Pennsylvania Turnpike, several hundred people have been stranded in vehicles for almost a day.

Among them are close to 250 students from the University of Mary in North Dakota. Monsignor James Shea, president of the university, told the BBC that "spirits are good and no-one is panicking".

Further south in Kentucky, a 35-mile (56km) traffic jam has cleared, after thousands of drivers found themselves stranded overnight on Interstate 75 by heavy snow and a number of accidents.

The Red Cross erected shelters along the highway for those left in the traffic jam.(BBC)

  Comments - 8

  • Maya Sunday, 24 January 2016 05:45 PM

    Idiotic comment. Even in heat you can move around but in snow nothing can move and all would become standstill. Just imagine: If you live in a house where tab water is not available due to freezing and no electricity no one can go to hospital as no way to go there and also no health staffs can come there to treat too.

    kaslana Sunday, 24 January 2016 09:57 PM

    Give the Americans credit. We cannot even clear a congested highway (equivalent to a US-State route) filled with traffic on the long weekend.

    Maya Monday, 25 January 2016 12:07 AM

    On the other hand cold weather (not extreme) made people to stay home and as result, great ideas and invention occurred .

    CitizenPerera Monday, 25 January 2016 01:09 AM

    What privilege? The USA has all that and more to offer. At least their politicians are not drug lords and and murders like ours whp are sworn with privileges to commit crime.

    Damien Monday, 25 January 2016 04:06 AM

    Hope this will happen quite often to cool down the brains of nasty people who attack countries such as sri Lanka for economic gain.

    Ryan Monday, 25 January 2016 06:20 AM

    Climate change is surely here, entire world to suffer

    Thanos Sunday, 24 January 2016 10:36 AM

    Its still got to be better than the crazy heat and humidity over here. You can at least cover yourself for cold weather.

    Fassey Sunday, 24 January 2016 10:48 AM

    We are fortunate to be born in a country which has a neutral and fantastic weather throughout the year. We have abundance of rain and sunshine mountains rivers golden beaches and friendly people. We should thank the Almighty God for this privilege.

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