Winter storm takes aim at US north east

2014-02-13 18:15
(Mark Lennihan, AP)

(Mark Lennihan, AP)

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Washington - After pummeling wide swaths of the southeast, a winter storm dumped more than 30cm of snow in parts of the Washington metro region as it raced north toward New York and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.

Streets were deserted in Washington.

As Southerners did a day earlier, many heeded warnings to stay off the roads.

People trudged through the snow on foot, hopping over piles built up at intersections. Federal offices and the city's two main airports were closed.

Snow blowers roared, breaking the quiet of downtown as they cleared city sidewalks in sleeting rain. But every cleared strip created a potential hazard as it quickly iced over. Traffic was light, with some pedestrians taking to the middle of road.

Though the worst of the storm has largely passed for most in the south, some parts remained a world of ice-laden trees and driveways early on Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands are still without power, and 13 deaths were blamed on the weather.

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