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(NEW YORK) —  A blizzard blanketing the East Coast from New York City to Washington, D.C., left at least 22 dead and paralyzed much of the region as it brought record-breaking snow to several major cities.

The blizzard dumped 26.8 inches of snow on New York City, its second greatest snowfall on record. Travel bans also shut down New York and Baltimore, which saw its greatest snowfall on record as 29.2 inches fell.

The snowstorm also left power outages, flight cancellations, and car crashes up and down the eastern seaboard.

Snow Accumulations as of 5 a.m. Sunday

New Jersey

Newark: 28.1 inches (second biggest snowfall on record)

Elizabeth: 27.9 inches

New York

New York City: 26.8 inches (second greatest snowfall on record)

Port Richmond: 27.1 inches

Commack: 26.5 inches


Greenwich: 16 inches


New Castle County: 16.1 inches


Baltimore: 29.2 inches (all-time greatest snowfall)

Ridgeley: 32.0 inches

Clarksburg: 34.3 inches

Cascade: 37.5 inches


Philadelphia: 22.4 inches (sixth greatest two-day snowfall on record)

Allentown: 31.9 inches (greatest two-day snowfall on record)

West Virginia

Jones Springs: 39.0 inches

Virginia/District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.: 17.8 inches (tied for fourth snowiest on record)

Dulles: 22.1 inches


There were 22 storm-related deaths as of Sunday morning: five in New York, four in Virginia, three in North Carolina, two in South Carolina, one in Kentucky, one in Alabama, one in Pennsylvania, one in Georgia, two in New Jersey, one in Delaware, and one in Maryland.

Emergency Declarations

Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have issued state of emergencies.

New York Gov. Cuomo issued a state of emergency in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties on Saturday.

Travel Problems

A travel ban in New York City was lifted Sunday morning, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would restore bus, subway, and regional railroad services throughout the day, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

In Maryland, state police said Interstates 70 and 270 also reopened Sunday morning.

Things have been less than smooth for many other drivers.

North Carolina had about 1,274 reported traffic collisions, according to the state’s highway patrol.

The Virginia State Police responded to 989 traffic crashes and 793 disabled vehicles on Friday alone.

Flight Cancellations

Airlines have cancelled more than 11,000 flights for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to FlightAware.com.

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