A powerful winter storm has paralysed eastern America with forecasters predicting the heaviest snowfall in 90 years.
A 24-hour blizzard warning is in effect in the capital Washington.
The storm has been dubbed “snowmagadden” by local media and the National Weather Service has issued an “extreme danger” alert.
Power failures have left several thousand people without electricity in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Some hospitals are appealing for the owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up stranded doctors and nurses.
Supermarkets are being stripped of their contents as people stock up on essentials fearing they could be snowed in for the forseeable future.
Hardware stores are doing a roaring trade in fuel and snow shovels and according to the experts there is much more snow to come.
Home Depot salesman John Hall said: “Well we are getting ready for this big storm that is coming. We’ve got everyone looking for snow shovels and snow blowers. We have already gone through 400-500 shovels this morning.”
Seventy six centimetres or 30 inches of snow is forecast for the capital which would shatter
Washington’s 1922 record of 28 inches.
All flights have been cancelled at Washington’s Reagan National airport and only some international flights are operating at Dulles International.