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Deadly winter storm pounds US East Coast with heavy snow, sleet and rain

Published on Feb 13, 2014 9:23 PM
 
Snow falls in front of the US Capitol building on Feb 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the US East Coast on Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the US East Coast on Thursday, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices.

Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from Georgia up to Maine, and the powerful system could blanket the Atlantic Coast over the next two days with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cms) of snow, said Mr Jared Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It's a very messy scenario," he said. "Roads remain treacherous."

The Washington D.C. area awoke to its heaviest snowfall of the winter. The federal government was closed, along with school districts in the area.

 
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