A massive winter storm has buried much of the United States Midwest and East Coast with as much as 60 centimeters of snow, the deepest of the season.
The slow-moving blizzard, which began in (the midwestern US state of) Nebraska, blanketed the Washington DC area Sunday, with snowfall and gusting wind expected through Monday.
Heavy snow forced two major Washington area airports to close (Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International) and slowed roadways and public transportation systems through out the region.
Forecasters in the nation's capital have described the storm as the worst in at least a decade.
Farther north, residents of Pennsylvania and New York braced for heavy snow and freezing temperatures, and the governor of New Jersey declared a state of emergency.
The snow effected areas as far west as Nebraska and Ohio, and produced thunderstorms in the South and a tornado in northern Florida.
President Bush, returning from his Camp David, Maryland retreat Sunday, was forced to forgo a 30 minute helicopter ride back to the White House, instead making the trip in a slow-moving motorcade led by snowplows.