A blizzard-like blast from a deadly storm that has been raging across the United States since before Thanksgiving slammed the Northeast on Monday and is forecast to linger in parts until at least Wednesday.
The storm system has been dubbed Winter Storm Ezekiel by the Weather Channel and will barrel into 30 states through Tuesday. More than a foot has already fallen in Massachusetts, upstate New York and Vermont.
It is expected to linger in New York until just before sunrise on Tuesday, in Boston until early Tuesday afternoon and in Maine into Wednesday morning.
The bad weather has already forced the closure of schools and resulted in canceled flights from the East to West coast as the entire country reels from days of heavy rain, snowfall and high winds.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and deployed 300 members of the National Guard on Monday.
And airline problems had more than doubled by midday, with most of the more than 4,000 U.S. flight cancellations and delays at airports in Newark, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington.
Storm Meteorologist Bob Oravec of the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said: 'There have been huge impacts from the storm since it occurred during the Thanksgiving week of travel and coming home from the holiday. It hit about possibly the worst time it could hit, and it went right across the entire country.'
Brave tourists trudge across the Brooklyn Bridge despite relentless snowfall. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and deployed 300 members of the National Guard
The storm was expected to linger in New York until just before sunrise on Tuesday, in Boston until early Tuesday afternoon and in Maine into Wednesday morning. Times Square is pictured on Monday
The map above shows the forecast nationwide from Tuesday morning 7am EST through Wednesday morning 7am EST
A blizzard-like blast from a storm that has been raging across the US since before Thanksgiving slammed the Northeast on Monday, snarling travel ahead of the evening rush hour. The above map shows snowfall forecast up until Wednesday
Heavier snow totals were expected in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire and Maine, with some areas already receiving a foot of snow, said meteorologist Bob Oravec of the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.
At least seven people in the U.S. and one in Canada have been killed, including three in two separate water rescue incidents in a heavily flooded region of St. Louis on Saturday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
The victims were a five-year-old boy and an eight-year-old boy who drowned in Patton when the car they were in got swept off a flooded road in Missouri. The third victim was Todd Dean, a man from Louisiana, was killed when his vehicle was swept into the Whitewater River.
In Arizona cousins Colby and Austin Rawlings, both five, were found dead on Saturday. The children had been reported missing when the 'military style' truck they were in got swept into a creek in the Tonto Basin near Phoenix. In the truck were nine members of the same family.
Four children and two adults were rescued by helicopter but the remaining children who stayed in the truck got swept away on Friday.
Crews are still searching for missing six-year-old girl Willa Rawlings, who was in that car with them. Authorities revealed Sunday they found a shoe believed to be Willa's about 200 yards from where the truck got stuck in the creek.
Anne Cummingham walks her dog, Gracie, through the snow on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Monday. A final wallop of a seemingly endless winter storm that impacted most of the country over the long holiday weekend is bearing down on the East, dumping heavy snow, shuttering schools and stymieing travel in the region Monday
Snow in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Monday. Heavier snow totals were expected in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern Vermont,