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A man braces his umbrella while walking through the snow in NY City.

New York City copes with more winter weather this week.

Photograph by John Moore, Getty

Kate Andries

National Geographic

Published February 13, 2014

A man braces his umbrella against falling snow and sharp winds in New York City on February 13 as yet another winter storm hit the East Coast this week.

As many as 22 states—from New York to Georgia—were affected by the storm, with some areas seeing as much as a foot (0.3 meters) of snow. More was expected to fall, perhaps into early Friday morning.

Parking and travel restrictions were imposed in cities like New York and Washington, D.C., to allow for faster plowing. Many area's salt supplies have been severely depleted from a seemingly interminable string of storms.

Southern states saw freezing rain in excess of an inch that snarled roadways and brought down power lines.

More than 5,000 flights were grounded, schools shut their doors, and the federal government took a snow day. (Related: "Behind Record U.S. Cold Snap: Canadian Air and a Jet Stream Kink.")

Slushy Walk

Man walks a dog during a snowstorm in NY City.
Photograph by John Moore, Getty

A finely attired dog and its master give a certain élan to the snow-whipped streets of New York City on February 13. Extreme weather from heavy snow to high winds made for rough travel from New York to North Carolina.

The National Weather Service warned New York and New England to watch for thundersnow, a possibility as the nor'easter moved north.

Make Way for Buses

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees shovel snow out of bus stops.
Photograph by Chip Somodevilla, Getty

Employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority clear snow from a bus stop in the D.C. area on February 13. As much as 12 inches (0.3 meters) covered the Washington area, causing bus service to be canceled.

Schools, businesses, and the federal government all took a snow day in the nation's capital.

Southern Stroll

Pedestrians support each other as they cross the street in Greensboro, NC.
Photograph by Jerry Wolford, News & Record/AP Photo

As the third winter storm in three days hit North Carolina, pedestrians make their way across a snow-covered street in Greensboro on February 12.

The state was hit especially hard, with a winter storm warning that covered 95 of the state's 100 counties. Commutes that normally took minutes quickly turned to gridlock that spanned hours.

Clearing it Out

A snowplow clears snow in Northumberland, VA.
Photograph by Own Humphreys, Press Association/AP

A snowplow clears a road in Virginia's Northumberland County on February 13.

Some areas of the state reported up to 18 inches (0.45 meters) of snow, with D.C. seeing 9 inches (0.22 meters).

Winter Wedding

Newlyweds step out of New York courthouse in snow.
Photograph by Mark Lennihan, AP

A little snow couldn't stop Steve Cosh (on left) and Thiago Cardoso from taking the plunge. The newlyweds threw on winter coats after emerging from New York's municipal marriage bureau on February 13.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to suspend any unnecessary travel and to avoid driving, as the city is expected to receive a total of 8 to 12 inches by Friday morning.

Long, Messy Drive Home

Police assist drivers stuck on snowy road in Charlotte, NC.
Photograph by Chris Keane, Reuters

Drivers stuck on a hill covered in snow are assisted by police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 12.

The southern U.S. was gripped by the destructive winter storm on Wednesday, which shut down travel and knocked out power to more than 300,000 people.

Winter Wonderland

A photo of snow covered trees.
Photograph by Irina K., National Geographic Your Shot

The latest winter storm to barrel across the country brought snow to a South Carolina forest in this photo from our Your Shot community.

South Carolina saw an inch or more of freezing rain, and the governor declared a state of emergency.

Snowy Trek

A girl on the phone on a snowy street in North Carolina.
Photograph by Ted Richardson, AP

Katharine Newton, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gamely walked more than two miles home from campus on February 12—with her cell phone as a trusty companion—after the heavy snow blocked roads and made driving impossible.

Downed Lines

Power company crews work on a downed power line near Emory University in Atlanta.
Photograph by David Tulis, AP

Freezing rain, sleet, and snow brought down a power line near Emory University in Atlanta on February 12.

More than 175,000 people were left without power across Georgia after the winter storm encased the region in ice and snow.

Snow Day

Children play in the snow.
Photograph by Lauren Carroll Winston-Salem Journal/AP

Katie Swayne, 9, plays in the snow while her brother Bradley, 6, shovels a path in front of their house in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on February 12.

Schools up and down the East Coast closed their doors as the storm made its way across the south and Midwest.

Snow Coated

Snow clings to a man's beard and eyelashes.
Photograph by Travis Long, The News & Observer/AP

Turron Williams's beard and eyelashes were beaded in ice as he helped push cars stuck in the snow in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Heavy snow in the area resulted in statewide gridlock and many miserable commuters.

Intersection of Snow and Ice

A street sign that says Snow Street, in Greer, SC.
Photograph by Rainier Ehrhardt, AP

Street signs in Greer, South Carolina, were caked with snow and ice on February 11 as weather conditions worsened.

Snow and ice were expected to continue falling in the area well into next week.


jan sweep
jan sweep

I am glad I don't live there to cold but the Pictures are beautiful Jan

Peter Davies
Peter Davies

The Snowplough in picture 5 is going about it's business in Yorkshire, Great Britain

yvette bourque
yvette bourque

downed snow lines against a southern landscape captured my imagination

wondering what will happen to flowering shrubs?

Frank Maiden
Frank Maiden

Well spotted guys, that is definately a british snowplough in picture #5.

Really enjoyed the photos and comments, thanks NG.

Joy McMillin
Joy McMillin

Wonderful photography .. as always from NG.

Thank You

Chanda Vincent
Chanda Vincent

Welcome to Winter as we in Central N Y know it all too well!!!!

Corby Derau
Corby Derau

Great pictures, thank you; however, picture #5 is from the U.K. highlands, not Virginia.

Corby Derau
Corby Derau

Great pictures, thank you; however, picture #5 is from the U.K. highlands, not Virginia.


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