New York, Boston, Philadelphia: The northeastern United States woke up to a thick blanket of snow on Thursday after a storm that could disrupt the historic COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
Up to 60 centimeters of snow fell in places for what constitutes the most important snowfall in the region for several years.
Boston in the snow.
In the face of inclement weather, testing centers for COVID-19 had to close in Baltimore and the capital, Washington.
The famous Times Square in New York
At Baltimore airport, a low-cost company Spirit plane veered slightly off the runway shortly after landing because of the ice, but the incident did not result in any injuries.
Hundreds of flights were also canceled in the region, preventing many passengers, some of whom are returning home for Christmas, from traveling.
In New York, where all public schools were closed on Thursday, officials said they had prepared for inclement weather so that vaccine delivery continued as planned.
Shipping companies Fedex and UPS, responsible for delivering millions of doses to the country, said they had taken steps to alleviate any delays caused by the snow.
The United States launched its Covid-19 vaccination campaign earlier this week. This requires an immense logistical effort to transport the vaccines throughout the country.
Despite the disruption, many onlookers, some disguised as Elmo or Batman, engaged in copious snowball battles in the famous Times Square in New York.