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  • 10 December 2013, 5:33

Snow Storm Brings Misery To Much Of US

Flights have been grounded and thousands of homes remain without power after a powerful storm covered parts of the United States in snow and ice.

The Arctic blast sent temperatures plunging across the country, with a record low of -42F (-41C) recorded in Jordan, Montana, on Saturday.

At least 1,600 flights were cancelled on Monday - half of them at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, where hundreds of passengers were left stranded over the weekend.

An estimated 6,000 flights have been grounded in just three days as the storm moved east, battering the East Coast with unprecedented ferocity.

Up to 10 inches of snow fell in some places, blanketing NFL side Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field ground, where it fell so heavily that yard markers were completely obscured.

It was a similar picture in Pittsburgh, where the snow intensified after kick-off.

Eagles fan Dave Hamilton said: "Twenty-seven years I've been a season-ticket holder (and) I've never seen snow at the game like this. It just kept coming down."

Some of the most difficult conditions were in northern Texas, where more than 22,000 homes and businesses were still without power on Monday.

At one stage on Friday, more than a quarter of a million properties were without electricity.

Power outages have also been reported in West Virginia, Maryland and in Washington, DC.

Meanwhile, drivers endured treacherous conditions on roads across several states.

In Oklahoma, a five-year-old boy died when the van he was travelling in slid off an icy bridge, while a man was killed in a 50-vehicle crash in the Philadelphia area.

A crash near New York City involved about 20 vehicles, although no one was injured.

The National Weather Service has warned of more severe weather to come, with a second storm expected to dump up to a further five inches of snow on the mid-Atlantic region.

Meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said: "I don't think things are going to warm up anytime soon."

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