A massive snowstorm in the southern and eastern parts of United States has taken the lives of at least 18 people and left hundreds of homes without power. The blizzard has covered the eastern US in near-record amounts of snow and also shut down New York and Washington.

The snowstorm, which is also dubbed as “Snowzilla,” has prompted New York officials to issue a sweeping travel ban. According to ABC News, more than 4,400 flights were cancelled as the snowstorm paralyzed New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore. Eleven states have also declared emergencies.


According to Weather.com, the winter snowstorm has affected the lives of more than 60 million people from Georgia to Massachusetts. The severe weather has also led to the shut down of public transportation in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

“This event has all the makings of a multibillion-dollar economic cost,” meteorologist Steven Bowen of Aon Benfield, a London-based global reinsurance firm told USA Today. Benfield also called the storm as one of the costliest winter storm events in recent American history, keeping in mind the damage it did to pubic and private property.

According to weather forecast, the snow should subside to quite an extent by Monday. “The forecasts suggest that the snow will wrap up late tonight or in the very early hours of the morning,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference.

“But it doesn’t make it any less dangerous. We expect continued high winds throughout the area which will continue to make the conditions and visibility very poor.”

Most of the US states have ordered residents to stay and home to remain safe. This will also allow the authorities to clean up the snow and make the passage for the vehicle movement in coming days.

“With so much snow accumulating on our roads, conditions are becoming dangerous for any more traffic than absolutely necessary,” Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell said Saturday, The News-Journal reported.