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



Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Pictures of the Winter Snowstorm

Our photo editors picked their favorite shots of the latest winter storm that barreled across the East Coast this week.

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?")

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.