Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 6:35 PM EST
US government offices are closed as the East Coast braces for a blizzard that dumped heavy snow on Midwestern states in recent days.
Schools were shut and more than 1,500 flights cancelled at Washington DC and Baltimore airports, though by late afternoon little snow had accumulated.
About 200,000 customers have no power in the mid-Atlantic region between New England and the south-eastern states.
On Tuesday, Chicago saw heavy snowfall with about 10in reported in some areas.
The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency after about 170,000 people lost power in the state; 50 members of the National Guard were sent to clear roads.
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