winter storm in Washington

Images of the East Coast’s paralyzing blizzard

Reuters photographers capture scenes from Washington, DC, New York and New Jersey after a blizzard dumped huge amounts of snow on the northeastern United States.

(Reuters) – Reuters photographers captured images from this weekend’s blizzard in New York, Washington, DC and New Jersey that paralyzed the northeastern United States.

A travel ban for the New York area was lifted on Sunday but Washington was still at a standstill.

The storm was the second-biggest in New York history, with 26.8 inches (68 cm) of snow in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, just shy of the record 26.9 inches set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday. One person died in Maryland and three in New York while shoveling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

By early on Sunday the storm had moved off the coast, with remnants trailing over parts of Long Island and Cape Cod. Much of the northeast was expected to see a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday with temperatures just above freezing.

Washington streets were deserted early on Sunday, with major downtown arteries already cleared and lined with mounds of snow. Workers were clearing sidewalks and alleys, and Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a call for 4,000 people to help dig the city out, above the 2,000 volunteers already signed up.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which includes the second-busiest U.S. subway system, had suspended operations through Sunday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted a travel ban on New York-area roads and on Long Island at 7 a.m. on Sunday, but left a state of emergency in place.

Bridges and tunnels into the city also reopened, and subways running above ground were set to restart service Sunday morning. The Long Island Rail Road was still halted, but the Metro-North railroad was expected to be fully operational by mid-afternoon, officials said.

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