Washington: Record-Breaking Cold gripped different parts of the United State, dumping snow and foreign federal officer in Washington DC to close on February 18. Cold gripped the eastern United States while an icy winter storm crippled the nation’s central states and then moved into the mid-Atlantic. Heavy snowfall and ice moving eastward from the Southern Plains pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
With the storm headed east and sleet and freezing rain expected to also take a swipe at the South, states of emergency were declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, as well as in the capital. Airlines canceled nearly 2,600 US flights, with the hardest hit airports in North Carolina and Tennessee.