Heavy snow has struck parts of North America with the US Midwest severely affected. 20 inches (50cm) fell on Columbus, Ohio, blocking roads and disrupting other transport.
The snowfall in Columbus was the heaviest since 1910. Several people are reported to have died because of the cold weather in Ohio.
Officials have been warning people to stay off the roads and snowplough teams have been doing extra work to clear snowdrifts.
Freezing weather covered a swathe of the US from eastern Kentucky into New York state. This traffic slowed to a snail's pace north of Fort Worth, Texas.
Northern parts of Texas saw nine inches (22cm) of snow, prompting this male cardinal to shelter in a bird feeder.
Cincinnati and Cleveland received a foot (30cm) of snow, though it fell fast and melted as quickly around the Capitol in the city of Jackson
The same storm system that hit the Midwest dropped snow on Canada, leading to similar problems on the roads and flight cancellations.
Reed Horton, a tow truck driver, walks back to his truck after checking to see if people were in cars abandoned along the road in Nashville, Tenn.
A stranded motorist tries to kick heavy snow from in front of his car near Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Heather Farrer, right, and Marshall Farrer play with their dog Seamus throwing a toy flying disc in the snow in Louisville, Ky.
Two men help push a motorist from a snow choked intersection in downtown Cleveland.
An employee, arriving for work at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, passes a sign on Progressive Field promoting the Cleveland Indians baseball opener.
Tim Smith takes a ride on his mountain bike through Cherokee Park in Louisville, Ky.
Jim Garvey of Louisville, Ky., goes for his daily run through the falling snow Saturday.
Door zware sneeuwval in de Amerikaanse staat Ohio zijn vijf mensen om het leven gekomen. De laatste keer dat er in Ohio zoveel sneeuw viel, was in 1910.
De meeste sneeuw viel in Newbury. Daar kwam afgelopen weekend 76 centimeter neer. Snow Trails moest het met 66 centimeter sneeuw doen. Het grootste deel van de staat lag bedekt onder een laag van 25 tot 50 centimeter sneeuw.
Ook delen van Pennsylvania en New York waren bedekt onder verse sneeuw. In Lockport & Perrysburg (New York) viel 65 centimeter.
De overlast was groot. De autoriteiten telden meer dan 2000 verkeersongelukken en Ã©Ã©n dode. Vier anderen stierven tijdens het sneeuwruimen.
More than a foot fell across parts of Midwest and Northeast
A front end loader moves mounds of snow away from Columbus City School buses on Sunday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Highway and utility crews cleared major highways in time for Monday morning commuters following the snowstorm that buried parts of Ohio in as much as 20 inches of snow during the weekend. Cleanup crews had to work overtime to remove snow that started falling Friday and finally let up Saturday evening. While many Ohio workers returned to their offices Monday, schools in Columbus and other central Ohio districts were closed because sidewalks and side streets were still jammed by heaps of snow. â€œWeâ€™ll have slick spots out there,â€ cautioned Mary Carran Webster, assistant public service director for Columbus.
The storm battered a wide band from the lower Mississippi Valley to New England, dropping 17.5 inches of snow at St. Agatha, Maine; 14 inches at Milan, Ind.; and up to a foot in parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, western New York state and other parts of Ohio. Thousands of homes and businesses lost power along the stormâ€™s path. Ohio had one traffic death linked to the weather, and four men died while shoveling snow. Two traffic deaths were blamed on the storm in western New York state and one in Tennessee. Two people were killed Friday as tornadoes spun out of the eastern edge of the weather system in Florida. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency was monitoring the cleanup but no counties had declared emergencies and there were no requests for state assistance, officials said.
Relatively dry weather is forecast in the region for the next two to three days, reducing fears of flooding along the Ohio River, said Mike Ryan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Wilmington.
Bron: MSNBC | Gewijzigd: 24 februari 2017, 13:18 uur, door Joyce.s
Dozens of vehicles collided in heavy, blinding snow on a northern Arizona interstate Sunday, killing two people, seriously injuring 10 others and forcing police to close the highway for 20 miles in both directions. The low visibility on Interstate 40 near Flagstaff caused about 20 collisions, which occurred over a stretch of highway at least 4 miles long around noon, Flagstaff Fire Department Chief Mark Wilson said.
He described the wrecks as clumps of vehicles piled on top of each other, involving cars, trucks and semis."The magnitude of it was pretty severe," Wilson said. "We had a whiteout scene with the snow, and obviously a single-vehicle accident caused multiple-vehicle accidents, which continued to pile up due to the low visibility."
Wilson said two people died, and 15 people had to be removed from vehicles with hydraulic equipment and hand tools. Flagstaff Medical Center spokeswoman Starla Addair said the hospital received 53 patients, at least 10 of whom needed to be admitted for serious injuries. She said 35 patients were treated and released.
Red Cross volunteer Gene Munger said about 40 people involved in the wrecks were at a middle school shelter Sunday evening deciding whether to spend the night there on cots or find a hotel. National Weather Service meteorologist Clair Ketchum said whiteout conditions occurred off-and-on Sunday afternoon in the Flagstaff area and could occur overnight as a storm rolls across the state.
Ketchum said 3.8 inches of snow fell by 5 p.m. Sunday near where the collisions occurred.