Millions of Americans are digging out today after a weekend blizzard dropped a massive snowfall across much of the U.S. East Coast.

The blizzard brought both Washington D.C. and New York City to a standstill, dumping as much as 90 centimetres of snow and stranding tens of thousands of travellers. At least 20 deaths were blamed on the weather, resulting from car crashes, shovelling snow and hypothermia.

Snow fell from the Gulf Coast to New England, causing Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York and parts of other states to declare states of emergency.

The heaviest unofficial report was in a rural area of West Virginia, which saw 101.6 centimetres.

Washington D.C. got hit on Friday.

Capital

Pedestrians walk past the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night. (Mandal Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Soon the whole city was blanketed. 

Snowman

A snowman greets clearing skies outside of the White House in Washington D.C. (Meagan Fitzpatrick/CBC)

Capital residents made the best of things.

Skiing

A skier glides across the grounds of the U.S.Capitol during Saturday's snowfall. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

And New Yorkers did, too ...

Big Snowstorm New York

Bella Fraker stands on a snow pile as she poses for a family photo in Times Square, on Saturday. (Craig Ruttle/The Associated Press)

... even if there was a lot of work to do. 

Snowblower

A homeowner in Union City, N.J., uses a snowblower to clear his sidewalk, with midtown Manhattan as a backdrop. (Rickey Rogers/Reuters )

Shows were cancelled, but snowplows rolled down Broadway today. 

Broadway

Heavy equipment operators began the enormous task of clearing New York City's snow-clogged streets on Sunday. (Astrid Riecken/Getty Image)

A blast from the past. 

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An Amish man drives his buggy through heavy snow and wind in Mechanicsville, Md., as the blizzard gathered force on Saturday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Winter storm could rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region.

Virginia

Paul Boos of Falls Church, Va., , shovels snow from his roof on Saturday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

All that's left to do now is shovel out. 

Big Snowstorm Pennsylvania

A pedestrian trudges through the snow in New Cumberland, Pa., on Saturday. (Sean Simmers/PennLive.com via. The Associated Press)