Severe winter weather affected millions in the U.S.

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A strong storm system is in its way across the eastern US threatening 20 million people. The federal government in Washington, DC, closed Monday. D.C.’s snow emergency has been extended until 4 a.m. Tuesday.Many schools have canceled classes. Hundreds of thousands of customers are without power. Temperatures tumbled into the 20s overnight which could lead to icing. Over a foot of snow has been reported in the suburbs of southern Virginia and eastern Maryland.The winter weather and disruptions produced by Covid-19 affected also air travelers. Heavy snow, wind gusts, and coastal flooding are expected in many areas. In Townsend, Tennessee, a 7-year-old died after a tree fell on a home. More than 2,700 flights in the US were canceled Sunday. More than 2,000 flights within, into, or out of the US have already been canceled Monday. More than half the flights were delayed or cancelled Monday morning at Ronald Reagan National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

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The weather service noted that, “although the ground is relatively warm because of the recent warm temperatures, the snow is expected to fall at high rates and accumulate even on roads.” In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for five counties in preparation for the storm. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also declared a state of emergency due to severe rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and strong winds across the state. Every jurisdiction is pleading for drivers to stay off the roads.