A deadly winter storm crept through the northeastern United States early yesterday after spelling drudgery for millions and tragedy for a few, including an expectant mother killed by a snowplow.
US media counted some 16 to 18 people dead as a result of the storm, which has dumped a thick blanket of snow over the southern and eastern US states and on Thursday shut down federal government operations in Washington. The snow was up to two feet in places.
The National Weather Service warned that the storm had edged its way up the battered east coast and was "bringing significant winter weather to the northeast."
Forecasters are predicting yet more snow and wintry weather for the US east coast today.
Thousands of travelers were stranded on Thursday as major air hubs such as Atlanta and New York were closed down. Washington's Dulles International reported 14 inches (35 centimeters) of snow.
Some 6,500 flights were canceled outright, and more than 3,800 delayed, spelling misery for hundreds of thousands of passengers.
Nearly 800,000 homes and businesses lost power across 11 states along the eastern seaboard, with 340,000 outages in North and South Carolina, the Department of Energy said.