A 74-year-old man was run over by a car whose driver lost control due to heavy snow in Poughkeepsie, New York. A second New Yorker, aged 23, was killed when his tractor went off the road. A hit-and-run driver is blamed for the death of an octogenarian woman in Connecticut, and an 11-year-old boy was asphyxiated to death after inhaling carbon monoxide in a running car.
In the Canadian province of Ontario, two men were killed in car accidents and an 80-year-old woman collapsed and died after shoveling snow in her driveway.
The massive snowstorm, stretching from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast, cut power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses.
The US states of Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have declared states of emergency.
Over 5,000 flights from 60 airports were cancelled as the blizzard brought record levels of snow fall, with accumulation in some areas of Connecticut hitting 39 inches (about one meter).
“This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm,” said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, on Friday.