Snow blanketed parts of the Northeast United States as a late-season blizzard rolled in. The snowstorm grounded more than 5,000 flights, knocked out power to over 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania, closed schools in cities big and small and prompted dire warnings to stay off the roads.

National Weather Service blizzard and winter storm warnings were in effect for the region including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, with forecasts for up to two-feet (60cm) of snow. However, the storm track shifted and snow switched to sleet in Philadelphia and New York. Blizzard warnings were lifted in some places along the coast, and forecasts of a foot or more of snow were cut in half. But residents farther inland were getting clobbered with snow.

IBTimes UK presents the best photos of the snow piling up in parts of the Northeastern United States as the blizzard began blowing in.

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A man walks in Central Park as snow falls in Manhattan, New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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A man walks in Central Park as snow falls in Manhattan, New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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Times Square is seen in the background as a man walks along West 59th street in falling snow in Manhattan, New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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A lone woman walks through the streets in a residential neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New YorkDrew Angerer/Getty Images
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The Wall Street bull and the Fearless Girl statue are coated in snow in the Financial District of New YorkDrew Angerer/Getty Images
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A deserted metro station is seen at Madison Square Park at the foot of the Flatiron building in Manhattan, New YorkAFP
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A visitor walks past the Reflecting Pool on the snow-covered National Mall in Washington, DCBrendan Smialowski/AFP
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A visitor walks past the Washington Monument on the snow-covered National Mall in Washington DCBrendan Smialowski/AFP
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Ice coats flowers that had already begun to blossom for spring, as frozen rain falls on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DCJonathan Ernst/Reuters
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A snow-covered statue of a woman holding a child is seen outside an art gallery on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, ConnecticutTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Snow covers a caged prison jumpsuit – part of an art installation protesting against the death penalty – on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DCJonathan Ernst/Reuters
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Times Square Public Safety Sergeant Baldwin Davis photographs the snow falling in New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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A worker clears snow in Times Square in Manhattan, New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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Workers clear steps in Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan, New YorkAndrew Kelly/Reuters
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The White House is seen in Washington, DC following a snowstormNicholas Kamm/AFP
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Cars make their way along a snow-covered Interstate 95 near Greenwich, ConnecticutTimothy A Clary/AFP
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A snow plough travels along a street in Greenwich, ConnecticutTimothy A Clary/AFP
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A woman pulls a suitcase through snow on a street in New YorkJewel Samad/AFP
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A cherry tree with branches drooping with ice-covered blossoms is seen near the Potomac River in Washington, DCMandel Ngan/AFP
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Snowploughs clear the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New YorkShannon Stapleton/Reuters
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A homeless man bundled up in blankets sleeps in a doorway in Midtown Manhattan during a snowstorm in New YorkAFP