The eastern half of the United States and parts of Canada have been assaulted by a severe snow storm which has left 16 people dead.
The snow storm, named as "Hercules", left some areas buried under two feet of snow and was so severe that both the governors of New York and New Jersey had to declare states of emergency. Schools were closed, over 2,500 flights were cancelled and people were advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors. This is nothing to be trifled with."