Photo Essay

  • A man crosses Broad Street during a winter snowstorm on Jan. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia.   A swirling storm with the potential for more than a foot of snow clobbered the mid-Atlantic and the urban Northeast on Tuesday, grounding thousands of flights, closing government offices in the nation's capital and making a mess of the evening commute.
  • A man looks out of a window from the Staten Island Ferry during a snowstorm on Jan. 21, 2014 in New York City.
  • Tourists have a snowball fight in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • People visit the Lincoln Memorial as melting snow wets the floor Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • The tugboat Commissioner breaks up ice in Burnham Harbor near the Loop on Jan. 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Henderson County Sheriff's deputies cover the scene after a car slid off State Road 136 West and overturned into a drainage ditch, on Jan. 21, 2014, in Henderson, Ky.
  • Television microphones are protected by a plastic bag as heavier snow begins to fall outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 21, 2014.
  • A man on cross country skis as he makes his way along the National Mall as a snow storm hits Washington Jan. 21, 2014.
  • People cross a street near Grand Central Terminal during a snow storm in New York, Jan. 21, 2014.
  • A woman walks past row houses as snow falls at dusk, on Jan. 21, 2014, in Baltimore.
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Winter storm slams East Coast

By msnbc staff

A winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow up the East Coast on Tuesday with forecasters seeing heavy precipitation continuing into Wednesday morning. The storm has already led to thousands of flight cancellations, heavy traffic an closed government offices. Kids across the region were hoping for a snow day.