Photo Essay

  • Today’s storm in New York made travel a challenge. Many people stayed home, but schools were open.
  • New Yorkers braved yet another storm, this time a mix of snow, frozen rain, and high winds.
  • A child holds an umbrella as she walks to school during a snowstorm on Feb. 13, 2014 in New York City. Heavy snow and high winds made for a hard morning commute in the city.
  • Morning commuters cross Broadway in New York’s financial district near Wall Street during a snow storm on Feb.13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices.
  • The mix of snow and frozen rain made for a messy commute in New York City today.
  • New Yorkers braved yet another storm this week, this time the storm was a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain.
  • Max Killough, an actor, pauses for a smoke on the Pulaski Bridge between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City
  • Commuters make their way through heavy snow in New York on Feb. 13, 2014.
  • Up to 18 inches of snow are expected in the Northeast by the time this storm ends.
  • City workers tried to keep up with the fast-moving storm that is expected to drop up to 18 inches of snow in parts of the Northeast.
  • The mix of snow, rain, and wind, made for a messy commute and many broken umbrellas in New York City.
  • Peter, who wished not to give his last name, shovels snow on the corner of McGuinnes Blvd. and Green St. in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
  • Another winter storm hit New York on Thursday, leaving a mess of snow and slush across the city.
  • Despite the nasty conditions, New Yorkers still expressed their flair for fashion during the most recent storm to hit the city.
  • People walking in Central Park as it snows in New York on Feb. 13, 2014.
  • Commuters wait on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority platform for a train in heavy snow in the Queens borough of New York on Feb.13, 2014.
  • New Yorkers went about their days despite the challenges posed by inclement weather brought on by the most recent storm to batter the city.
  • An East River ferry boat travels towards lower Manhattan earlier today.
  • A car creeps along on a snow-covered rural road near Newtown, Pa. on Feb. 13, 2014. After pummeling wide swaths of the Southeast, a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.
  • Snow falls in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday in Washington, DC. The east coast was hit with a winter snow storm with the Washington area expecting up to 8 inches of snow before it ends.
  • Ice covers trees in Railroad Park as a winter storm drops several inches of snow and ice on Feb. 13, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Young people make ‘snow angel’ shapes in the snow in front of the Lincoln Memorial yesterday as a heavy snow storm hits Washington, DC.
  • A snow plow clears a road in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday. The southeast braced for another storm as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Wednesday and into Thursday.
  • A person makes their way down S. Union St. as snow falls on Wednesday in Alexandria, Va.
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Winter storm pummels East Coast

Updated
By msnbc staff

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.