Two killed as blizzard hits US capital

Snow covers a decorative iron fence at the White House yesterday during a snow storm in the Washington area. (AP)

A blizzard packing strong winds and heavy snowfall pounded the US capital and surrounding areas yesterday, killing at least two people and paralysing parts of the region.

The National Weather Service (NWS) put the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area under a rare 24-hour blizzard warning.

The storm, dubbed "Snowpocalyps" and "Snowmageddon" by many locals, stretched from Indiana to Pennsylvania and into parts of New York and North Carolina, creating treacherous travel conditions, shutting Washington area airports and leading several states to declare emergencies.

The inclement weather was deemed responsible for at least two fatalities – a father and son who were hit by a tractor-trailer on a road in Virginia when they stopped to help a motorist.

 

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