Massive storm roars into East Coast; record cold to follow

  • Alexa Welch Edlund /Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP A cyclist gets a lift on Bypass Road during a snowstorm in Williamsburg, Va. Thursday.

  • AP Photo/Mic Smith Finley Bork, 7, uses a boogie board, typically used on the beach, for sledding down a hill on a golf course at the Isle of Palms, S.C., Wednesday. A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades.

  • AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Pedestrians cross the street in downtown Boston, Thursday. A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.

  • AP Photo/Julio Cortez Vehicles commute southbound on the Garden State Parkway in whiteout conditions during a snowstorm, Thursday in Eatontown, N.J. Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine.

  • AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Rebecca Hollis of New Zealand drags her suitcases in a snowstorm through Times Square on her way to a hotel, Thursday. A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.

  • AP Photo/Matt Rourke A man pushes his way through a winter snowstorm in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday. A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems.

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