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US north-east battles first major snow storm of 2014

January 4, 2014

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The north-eastern US has been hit by a major winter storm, with 53cm (21 inches) of snowfall recorded in one town in Massachusetts.

Thousands of flights have been cancelled as heavy snowfall moved eastward from the Midwestern states.

The New York and New Jersey governors have declared a state of emergency, urging people to stay indoors.

Many schools and businesses have closed amid warnings the storm will worsen overnight and into Friday morning.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick closed state offices early on Thursday and told staff to stay away on Friday.

He warned residents not to spent too much time outside because of the frigid temperatures.

“Minimise outside activities… These temperatures are very, very dangerous,” he said.

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