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At least 19 dead, mostly from traffic accidents, due to storm

First responder vehicles patrol the streets in New Jersey. Credit: Reuters

At least 19 people in the USA's East Coast have died, mostly from traffic accidents caused by a blizzard with hurricane-force winds.

Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

One person died in Maryland and three in New York City while shoveling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

Much of the region was brought to a standstill on Saturday with as much as 3ft of snow stranding thousands of travellers and causing perilous road conditions.

Hundreds of drivers were also stranded overnight in Kentucky on a long stretch of Interstate 75 south of Lexington because of a string of crashes and blowing snow.

Crews passed out snacks, fuel and water and tried to move cars one by one.

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Onlookers cheer military in snow-bound national park

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Spectators cheered a US military vehicle as it ploughed through the snow in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC.

A military vehicle in the national park was an unusual enough sight for onlookers to applaud and wave, but serves as a reminder the city is under a state of emergency amid the massive snow storm that has hit the East Coast.

A number of US states, including Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, have also declared a state of emergency.

Giant panda frolics in snow at National Zoo

One resident of Washington seemed to be quite happy at the huge amount of snow that fell in the city and several parts of the US overnight.

The National Zoo posted a video on Twitter of Giant Panda Tian Tian rolling around in the white stuff and obviously unaffected by the cold.

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US snowstorm kills at least 10 and causes travel chaos

A snowstorm has brought over two feet of snow to the east coast of the US. Credit: National Weather Centre

A snowstorm has brought over two feet of snow to the east coast of the US causing at least 10 deaths and a state of emergency in seven states.

The snow, which is still falling, is affecting at least 85 million people in more than 20 states. It has brought large parts of the US to a standstill with thousands of flights cancelled, streets deserted, shops shut, roads empty and transport networks barely operational.

A state of emergency was declared in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and parts of other states.

Below is some of the heaviest snowfall recorded up to 9am Eastern Standard Time:

33cm
The White House
60.96cm
Oakland, Maryland
71.12cm
Terra Alta, West Virginia

The National Weather Centre has said the snow is expected to taper off by Sunday.

Washington DC residents wake up to two feet of snow

Parts of Washington have woken up to nearly two feet of snow, after blizzards claimed the lives of at least 10 people and caused numerous traffic incidents throughout the night.

ITVs' Matt Williams sent this video from Washington.

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