Snow storm batters US east, piling onto holiday chaos

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Washington (AFP) – After a bruising holiday week of flight cancellations and record surges in Covid-19 cases, a powerful winter snow storm Monday further snarled US transport, shuttering the federal government and bringing Washington to a standstill. The storm packed an unexpectedly fierce punch and appeared to have caught much of the capital city off guard, temporarily stranding US President Joe Biden on Air Force One and dumping up to nine inches (23 centimeters) of snow on Washington. Many Americans have been scrambling to return home after the Christmas and New Year period, with thousands …

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