Powerful winter storm shifts its focus to southern California, swelling rivers to dangerous levels and dropping snow in even low-lying areas around Los Angeles.
Heavy snow and rain pounds California state and other parts of western US, while thousands of people in Michigan suffer in freezing temperatures through extended power outages wrought by one of the worst ice storms in decades.
Major winter storm batters Northern Plains and Upper Midwest with high winds and heavy snow, forcing hundreds of schools to close, grounding air travel and making road travel difficult — if not impossible — in some US areas.
US President Joe Biden declares a major disaster in the state and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in affected areas.
Tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect across much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia states, along with flood watches posted along the southern fringe of that zone.
Two more deaths in western New York region that bore the maximum brunt of the historic storm brings total to 61, officials say.
Southwest Airlines cancels over 2,500 more flights — around 90 percent of all cancelled flights in the country — while death toll from "blizzard of the century" climbs to at least 56.
Number of deaths attributed to massive winter storm — most of them in road accidents — keeps rising as officials confirm another fatality in western New York's Erie County, the epicentre of the crisis.
The Buffalo storm is "the worst of the worst," says New York Governor, where 2.4-metre snow drifts against front doors and power outages in freezing temperatures made for life-threatening conditions.
Twenty-two weather-related deaths have been confirmed across eight states, including at least seven fatalities in western New York, where snows, winds and deep freezes have plunged Buffalo and surrounding towns into crisis.
Over 200 million people are under weather warning as storm envelops much of America, causing highway closures and thousands of flight cancelations days before Christmas. Storm expected to affect about two-thirds of all Canadians.
Many states have been under weather alerts ahead of what could possibly be the coldest Christmas days on record.
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