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Blizzard Pounds Its Way Up East Coast

A blizzard brought snow Friday in the southern and eastern U.S., with flight cancellations and five states declaring states of emergency.

A pedestrian walks across a deserted E Street downtown as the first snow from a major blizzard hits Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22. JIM LO SCALZO / EPA

People gather to watch the falling snow at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 22. As much as 2 feet of snow is possible along the urban corridor extending from Washington to New York and Boston, the National Weather service said. 

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A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 22. Alex Wong / Getty Images
Snow falls at the White House on Jan. 22. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP - Getty Images
People sled down a small hill by the U.S. Capitol as a blizzard hits Washington. JIM LO SCALZO / EPA

A couple pauses to take a selfie in the freshly fallen snow near the Washington Monument on Jan. 22, 2016. The leading edge of a monster snowstorm arrived on Friday afternoon in Washington, threatening to dump as many as 30 inches of powder on parts of the Middle Atlantic region and bring record accumulations to the U.S. capital.  

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School children run along the National Mall as snow begins to fall in Washington. Win McNamee / Getty Images
A worker clears snow during a snowstorm in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Jan. 22. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA
A man celebrates making it up a steep, snow-covered hill in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 22, 2016. Much of downtown was deserted as state and city government offices were closed for the day. Erik Schelzig / AP
Drivers make their way through falling snow, on Jan. 22, 2016, in Franklin, Tenn. A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm's path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean via AP
Legends Gifts employees Will Swint and Natalie Starliper decorate a snowman that advertises the store is open despite heavy snow in downtown Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 22, 2016. Erik Schelzig / AP
Emily Woodall, left, Ellen Woodall, center, and Kelly Trogdon make their way down Main Street as snow falls, on Jan. 22, 2016 in Lynchburg, Va. Jay Westcott / News & Daily Advance via AP
Lori Porter and her dog Hope walk as snow falls near Lowergate Lane in Kernersville, N.C., Friday Jan. 22, 2016. Bruce Chapman / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP
Birds flock to a feeder as snow falls in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm's path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. Mark Humphrey / AP
Patricia Hughes, 14, throws a snowball during a neighborhood snowball fight in Oxford, Miss. on Jan. 22, 2016. Early morning snow provided plenty of fun for the children as school officials had earlier called for closure of the public schools. Rogelio V. Solis / AP
A person walks through the blowing snow in Bowling Green, Ky. on Jan, 22, 2016. Miranda Pederson / Daily News via AP
A man cleans his windshield wipers off at a stop light as snow falls, on Jan, 22, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. Miranda Pederson / Daily News via AP
Snow slows down morning traffic on Interstate 40 on Jan. 22, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm's path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. Andrew Nelles / AP
Andrew Kramer, along with his wife Danielle Kramer, walk their dog Hazel as snow falls in Lynchburg, Va. on Jan. 22, 2016. Jay Westcott / News & Daily Advance via AP
Duke Energy employees work to restore power in a neighborhood in Matthews, N.C., on Jan. 22, 2016. A massive blizzard began dumping snow on the southern and eastern United States on Friday, with mass flight cancellations, five states declaring states of emergency and more than 2 feet predicted for Washington alone. Chuck Burton / AP
Snow falls at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg, Va. on Jan. 22, 2016. Jay Westcott / News & Daily Advance via AP

Children sled down the hills in Avent Park after snow fell on Jan. 22, 2016, in Oxford, Miss. Early morning snow provided plenty of fun for the children as school officials had earlier called for closure of the public schools.

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