'Snowmageddon' hits Washington area

US capital and nearby states are paralysed by the biggest snow blizzard in decades.

    The US capital and the states surrounding it have been paralysed by the worst snowstorm in decades, which started on Friday.
     
    Authorities in Washington DC and several states including - Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania - have declared a state of emergency.
     
    More than half a metre of snow has been dumped, cutting off the power to more than a hundred thousand homes.  

    Transportation for many is at a standstill as airports have shut down and public transport systems have been severely crippled. 

    President Barack Obama has nicknamed the storm "Snowmageddon".

    Al Jazeera's Todd Baer reports from Washington, DC.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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