25 Dec 2009

Huge winter storm in US

5:56 pm on 25 December 2009

A huge winter storm is spreading across the United States Midwest.

Forecasters say the worst of the storm is expected to bring up to 61cm of snow. Power has been cut in many places and holiday travel is affected.

Icy roads have been blamed for the deaths of twelve motorists, mostly in Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona. Some 100 flights leaving Minneapolis were cancelled.

The US weather service said the storm was spanning two-thirds of the country.

The East Coast is still recovering from a record snowfall last weekend.

Thousands of people in West Virginia and Virginia are still without power.