Winter storm pummels East Coast
Winter storm Pax ripped through the Northeast early Thursday morning, blanketing the region in snow and ice.
By early Thursday morning, Washington, D.C., had nearly a foot of snow; up the northeastern corridor, snowfall totals are expected to reach up to 18 inches in certain areas, causing school closures and transit delays.
Pax has been ravaging the South since Tuesday with snow, ice, and freezing rain, adding yet another storm to this winter’s punishing weather; Georgia was particularly hard hit, with state troopers responding to more than 200 car crashes and with 200,000 Georgians out of power.
The storm will test already taxed state and city infrastructure systems, that reported salt shortages during the last massive winter storm.
Air and ground travel has been stunned by the storm, with more than 5000 flights grounded. Streets, highways, and train lines have also been stunned by the wintery conditions, leaving travellers stranded by delays and traffic warnings.
At least 13 storm-related fatalities have been reported so far, most from traffic related crashes.