North America shivers under icy whiteout

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North America shivers under icy whiteout

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Canada and the northeastern United States are covered with a thick blanket of snow in the first major snowstorm of the year. It has cut off power to tens of thousands, stranded similar numbers on roads and in stations and airports as traffic has ground to a halt, and claimed lives.

Record low temperatures are being forecast for today, and a state of emergency called by the governors of New York and New Jersey remains in force. People are being told to stay home today if at all possible, and while the worst of the snowfall has passed, high winds continue to blow the stuff around.

Airports are trying to cope with thousands of cancelled flights, with Newark, La Guardia and JFK airports all laying on camp beds. Chicago’s O’Hare airport was also badly hit.

Boston had the deepest snow, with 60 centimetres falling in the space of a few hours. Temperatures there have already hit minus 21.
Below-freezing temperatures are even being forecast for northern Florida.

In all the icy weather is affecting some 100 million people.