Millions in US face wrath of monster snowstorm

A man shovelling snow from a pathway in Washington, DC. A record-breaking blizzard dumped thick snow across the US East Coast. (AFP)

Residents of the United States East Coast began digging out from under a thick blanket of snow yesterday after a record-breaking blizzard paralysed Washington and the region, snapping power to 350,000 residents and killing two people.

The monster storm stretched more than 1,000km from eastern Indiana across into New Jersey and then down as far south as North Carolina, affecting millions of Americans. With winds gusting at almost 90km an hour, meteorologists said they had recorded snowfall as high as 38 inches near Baltimore, Maryland – a record.

As of late afternoon on Saturday, a total of 32.4 inches was recorded at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington – another record, according to the National Weather Service of the United States.

That two-day accumulation beat the previous record, compiled during the blizzard of January 1996, the service said.

 

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