A wintry blast of snow and ice swept from the Midwest to the South on Monday night, burying some regions in more than a foot of snow and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of homes.
Power outages rolled across Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Arkansas, NBC News reports, as sheets of ice downed power lines and coated city streets. Six governors declared states of emergency and over a quarter-million people were without power Tuesday morning.
The highest recorded snowfall, 18 in., fell in eastern Kentucky, while accumulations of up to 9 in. were forecast for Washington, D.C., as snow fell up and down the Eastern seaboard. The federal government said it would be closed Tuesday because of the inclement weather.