Millions of people in the US eastern seaboard are waking to a thick blanket of snow that has paralysed transport links in New York and Washington DC.
As householders dug themselves out of drifts up to 40in (102cm) deep, the hazards of shovelling snow were brought home by at least six deaths.
A further 12 people have died in other snow-related incidents since Friday.
The storm, dubbed Snowmageddon and Snowzilla on social media, is lessening and heading for the Atlantic Ocean.
It has affected some 85 million people, cutting power to 200,000 people.

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However, many took to the streets and parks to enjoy the snow, with a giant snowball fight breaking out on Times Square, New York.
In other developments
Washington DC’s two main airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International, are likely to remain closed on Sunday, officials said
Some airlines are considering restarting limited service at New York-area airports
Flood waters rose in New Jersey and elsewhere along the Atlantic coast
States of emergency were declared in New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia
In Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, drivers were stranded for hours on snowbound highways.
The heaviest fall was recorded in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, which had 40.5in (103 cm).
By the time the snow had stopped falling late on Saturday, New York’s Central Park had received 26.8in, the second-biggest fall recorded since 1869 and just shy of the all-time high, 26.9in, recorded in February 2006.

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source cnn.com


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