America’s eastern seaboard is digging itself out of yet another heavy snowfall, nearly half a metre falling in New York city and parts of New Jersey.
The capital, Washington DC, saw a rise in temperatures, easing the work of snow clearers, but the blizzard moved north east.
“We have now had the snowiest January in New York city’s history. We have had 36 inches since January 1st, breaking a record last set in 1925,” said New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The blizzard virtually paralysed public transport and grounded many flights. People were advised to avoid travel if possible.
The New York snowstorm was nearly as severe as the one that struck in December, when Mayor Bloomberg did not issue an emergency warning. He was not caught out this time.
“You know, we had a lot of snow this year, we’re getting pounded for some strange reason, but we’re New Yorkers so it doesn’t stop us,” shrugged one resident.
The snow has cost tens of millions of dollars and placed severe strains on electricity distribution. Around Washington alone, some 300,000 people were without power for several hours.