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Snow closes federal government offices in Washington

People play in the snow by the US Capitol in Washington. Credit: Reuters

Federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday after a major snowstorm hit the US.

The blizzard dumped more than 21 inches of snow on the US capital over the weekend.

A message on the Office of Personnel Management website said: "Federal Offices in the Washington, DC area are closed. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements."

Schools in the area will also be closed on Monday following the storm.


US snowstorm 'second biggest' ever faced by country

A snowstorm which hit the US this weekend bringing with it chaos and disruption has been described as the "second biggest" storm of its kind that the country has ever faced.

At least 19 people died during the extreme weather and even now as travel bans across the country have been lifetd Americans are still dealing with the aftermath of the influx of snow.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

School closures in Washington as city deals with snow clean-up

Schools in Washington will be closed on Monday as the city continues to deal with the aftermath of heavy snowfall which hit the United States this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed the closures in a press conference on Sunday and urged the public to "stay off the roads" as snow removal efforts continued.

Worst of US snowstorm is over, forecasters say

The White House grounds are covered in snow. Credit: Reuters

The worst of a huge snowstorm thought to have killed at least 19 people is over, forecasters have said.

The record-breaking blizzard saw more than 30 inches of snow fall in five states - New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Glengary in West Virginia topped the lot with 40 inches of snow, according to the Weather Channel.

Central Park in Manhattan saw 26.8 inches of snow, the second largest recorded since 1869.

Flights have been grounded and thousands of people were trapped in their homes without power on Saturday night.

The race is now on to clear as much snow as possible in time for the start of the working week.

A man runs with his dog along a street covered by snow during a winter storm in Washington. Credit: Reuters
Snow covers the area around the Washington Monument . Credit: Reuters
Dozens of people take part in an impromptu snow ball fight during a snow storm in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York. Credit: Reuters


Central Park snowfall second largest since 1869

Some 26.8 inches of snow was dropped on Central Park overnight. Credit: Reuters

The blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on New York City dropped 26.8 inches on Central Park in Manhattan, making it the second largest recorded since 1869.

The snowfall was 0.1 inch below the record set on February 11, 2006, the National Weather Service said.

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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