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A woman walks outside of an office building as snow falls, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Baltimore. Thousands of flights were canceled, students got an extra day off from school or were being sent home early, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington area Tuesday as another winter storm bore down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

A winter storm hit the East Coast this week, forcing many to trudge through the snow to get to school and work.


Kate Andries

National Geographic

Published January 22, 2014

A woman (above) walks through the snow in Baltimore on January 21 as a frigid winter storm hit the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast this week.

States from Maine to North Carolina were impacted by the storm, with some areas seeing as much as a foot (0.3 meters) of snow. The governors of Delaware, New York, and New Jersey declared a state of emergency.

Thousands of flights were grounded, schools shut their doors, and the federal government took a snow day, thanks to the storm. (Related: "Behind Record U.S. Cold Snap: Canadian Air and a Jet Stream Kink.")

Though temperatures didn't quite reach the lows of the polar vortex that swept through the area earlier this month, the air still carried a chill that was 10°F to 25°F below average. And, meteorologists say, the plunge in temperature is expected to last through the rest of the week. (See our favorite pictures from the polar vortex.)

Heavy Lifting

Photo of a woman clearing snow with a shovel.

Alisa Riley shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of the women's fitness center where she works in Scituate, Massachusetts, on January 22.

Massachusetts was hit especially hard by this latest snowstorm, with some areas in the state seeing around 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) of snow.

Bitter Cold

Photo of a man waiting to take a picture of a statue in New Jersey.

A man waits to take a picture of the Katyn Memorial in New Jersey as the wind picks up and snow begins to fall on January 21.

Created by sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, the 34-foot (10.4-meter) bronze statue commemorates the massacre of thousands of Polish prisoners by Joseph Stalin in April and May 1940.

Bundled Up

Photo of a woman’s snow covered face.

A woman bundles up against the cold on January 21 in Philadelphia.

Forecasters expected the storm to bring 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow to the city, along with below-freezing temperatures.

Blowin’ Snow

Photo of a man using a snow blower to clear his driveway.

A man clears a path around his house with a snow-blower in Wilmette, Illinois, on January 21.

The U.S. East Coast wasn't the only area affected by this latest winter storm. The Midwest also saw its commutes snarled by the snowstorm. (Related: "What's the Difference Between a Snowstorm and a Blizzard?")

Not Quite a Snow Day

Photo of parents walking their children to school in New York City.

Parents walk their kids to school in New York City despite the thick blanket of snow.

Tough many schools along the East Coast were closed due to the storm, New York City-area schools remained open.

"We all know that we only close schools when it is absolutely necessary," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference.

The city saw major subway and traffic delays after a foot (0.3 meters) of snow accumulated on the ground.

Chilly Commute

Photo of a woman walking as snow falls.

A pedestrian walks through the snow in south Philadelphia on January 21.


Photo of a plane sitting at an airport in a snowstorm.

A plane from TAM Airlines sits at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on January 21.

The winter storm grounded nearly 3,000 flights on Tuesday and stranded passengers across the East Coast amid subzero temperatures.

Headed to the Beach

Photo of two women walking on a snow covered beach in Chicago.

Snow and freezing temperatures didn't deter two women from walking their dogs on a beach in Chicago on January 21.

Clearing the Capital

Photo of a worker clearing sidewalks near the U.S. Capital.

Workers clear snow from the sidewalks near the U.S. Capitol on January 22.

Due to the heavy snowfall, the federal government closed on January 21 and told all non-essential employees to forgo their commutes and work from home.

Ray of Light

Photo of a man walking under elevated tracks in Philadelphia.

A man walks under elevated train tracks in Philadelphia on January 22.

The winter storm affected states from Kentucky to New England, but none were hit as hard as those in the Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston—nearly a foot (0.3 meters) of snow fell in the region.

Malcolm Dyer
Malcolm Dyer

Beautiful pictures.  Here in Rome it has been mild though we are beginning to get winter weather and perhaps some snow!

Kevin H.
Kevin H.

Really great images. Have to say I am glad I live in the tropics and would probably fall over in 5 seconds in that type of weather

Belinda Colley
Belinda Colley

Brrrrr! We were 76* on Friday!  It was an anomaly, though, usually we are 40's and raining in Southern Oregon

Denise Wilson
Denise Wilson

From the inside looking out, snow is beautiful. . . . so are these pictures.

Sue Harper
Sue Harper

Brilliant pictures.  it is currently non stop rain here in scotland, UK

Angelien Goode
Angelien Goode

I take my reindeer fur hat off to those hardy folks who go out in that kind of weather, it makes living on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia look like a picnic in paradise!

Amber Vidal
Amber Vidal

Cool pictures but they do make me glad that I live further South.

Mark Freerks
Mark Freerks

Great snow pictures, I feel cold just looking at them

Carl King
Carl King

Just another event brought to us from climate change.  NG should photograph the same location on Jan 21 2023.

Pamala Dixon
Pamala Dixon

Trudging through the snow?  It is only "trudging" when the show comes a little above ones knees.  Walking on a sidewalk with just the sprinkle of snow can hardly be call trudging.  It might be a little of slip/sliding, but it is really a walk. Maybe cold, but with good vision and not much snow.  You need to stop inflating reality.  This is how words lose their meaning.

Desiree Faith
Desiree Faith

Beautiful photos. Just got some snow here in Colorado; always my favorite weather for photos. :)


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