US snow storm kills 30 people
A woman digs he snow out from around her car after a major winter storm swept over Washington January 24, 2016. The National Weather Service said 17.8 inches (45.2 cm) fell in Washington, tying as the fourth-largest snowfall in the city's history Reuters

At least 30 people have died across the US East Coast as a deadly blizzard paralysed life in major cities, dumping record amounts of snow.

People died mostly in car accidents and from carbon monoxide poisoning either while stranded in cars or from fumes from generators as power failed across region for extended hours. Some even died from heart attacks while shoveling snow.

While sunshine returned over New York and the city limped back to normal life, capital Washington remained shut. Federal, state and local offices and schools planned to remain closed on Monday in Washington, Reuters reported.

However, the spokeswoman for the New York Stock Exchange said the market will open as usual on Monday.

The blizzard was the second-biggest in New York City history, the report said.

The blizzard with hurricane-force winds dumped 26.8 inches (68 cm) of snow in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

The combined death toll in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday stood at 13, with most people dying from weather-related car crashes.

 The official death toll stood at over 20 as Winter Storm Jonas hit New England region. However, NBC put the toll at 30.