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WHITEOUT:A storm blasting snow across most of the US east coast has caused more than 4,500 flights to be canceled, as areas expect temperatures of minus-12°C

AFP, NEW YORK

The US National Weather Service said 65 million people were under a winter storm warning, and another 29 million were under a winter weather advisory.

The southern US was not spared, with Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico all facing weather warnings.

“For this time of year, to be impacting people in the relative deep south, it’s a fairly unusual event,” meteorologist Bruce Terry told reporters.

He said states in the souther US, not accustomed to ice and snow conditions, might not be as prepared as some winter-hardened northern states. Washington is expecting temperatures to drop to minus-12?C by evening.

“Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautioned for Washington and Baltimore.

The arctic conditions were expected to hang around on Friday, before giving way to warmer weather into the weekend.

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