Feb 6, 2010

Snowmageddon' brings Washington to a standstill

Washington, DC
USA
by
David Batty
,
The Guardian
Children sled on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a snow storm in Washington. Photo: Reuters
Children sled on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a snow storm in Washington. Photo: Reuters

A massive blizzard dubbed "Snowmageddon" by president Barack Obama is causing chaos in the eastern US, with parts of the region buried under more than 20in [50cm] of snow...The blizzard comes less than two months after a storm dumped more than 16in of snow on the capital. Snowfalls of this magnitude, let alone two in one winter, are rare in the area. According to the National Weather Service, Washington has received more than a foot of snow only 13 times since 1870.