|Wintry blast causes chaos in New York
Snow, high winds and a glacial chill hit the northeastern United States as a blast of brutal wintry weather bore down on many states and major cities, snarling air traffic.
Temperatures in New York were expected to drop to 9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 13 degrees Celsius), according to forecasts.
Tracking system FlightAware said that some 2,200 flights within, into or out of the United States had been canceled.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and advisories for a huge area spanning states from Chicago trough New York, New England and even the US capital, Washington.
Severe weather was also hitting the country's Midwest, dropping a blanket of snow and cancelling flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The northeastern winter warning was in effect in New York from Thursday evening through midday Friday, with forecasters predicting four to eight inches of snow and winds that could reach up to 56 kilometers per hour.
New York City residents were urged to stay off the streets so the Sanitation Department could work.
Officials said that 450 salt spreaders had been out since early Thursday morning and 1,700 sanitation trucks had been outfitted with plows.—AFP