Massive snow storm swamps north-eastern USA

The second big snowstorm in less
than a week has paralysed cities in the north-eastern US, with government
offices due to stay shut for a third day.

The US National Weather Service
forecast up to 14in of snow in the region, along with strong winds Tuesday.

Washington streets were deserted,
while in New York the UN said its headquarters would be closed.

The storm arrived from the west,
where as much as 17in of snow fell in the state of Iowa.

As the storm closed in on the
north-eastern US late on Tuesday, people raced to clear existing snow and
stockpile food.

Philadelphia was expecting up to
19in of snow and Baltimore as much as 20in according to the National Weather
Service.

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In Washington, federal agencies are
shut and the House of Representatives has called off all votes for this week.

The Senate is due to resume work on
Thursday.

The government closure is estimated
to be costing $100m a day in lost productivity and other costs.

Many of the region’s schools are
closed, with some cancelling classes for the rest of the week.

Transport has been widely
disrupted, with airports in Washington shutting early on Tuesday.

Many airlines have also cancelled
flights for Wednesday.

Washington’s bus system has ground
to a halt and its subway was partly suspended.

Thousands of houses have remained
without power in the Washington area.