Editor's note: The Associated Press reports there are at least 25 snowstorm-related deaths on the East Coast. Deaths include: 2 in Kentucky, 2 in Maryland, 2 in New Jersey, 3 people in New York City, 6 in North Carolina, 1 in Ohio, 1 in Pennsylvania, 2 in Tennessee, and 5 in Virginia. Additionally, Baltimore, Md., authorities reported one death that is possibly related to the snow, but did not provide details. - Rebecca
Latest snowfall totals from Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia, show a low of 14 inches in North Beach, Md., to a high of 39 inches Southwest Jones Springs, WV - National Weather Service
Editor's note: A blizzard continues to grip the eastern part of the US, where at least 13 weather-related deaths have been reported, according to NBC News. New York City is under a travel ban, and service along railroads and outdoor subway stations have been suspended. Widespread storm-related flooding is also reported in southern New Jersey and Delaware, where the next high tide is expected increase coastal flooding levels. The National Guard have been responding to thousands of drivers and passengers stranded in vehicles along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Parts of West Virginia have also reported more than 40 inches of snow, as states including Virginia and Maryland are also reporting new top snowfall totals, according to the Weather Channel. The blizzard is expected to continue into early Sunday. - Shelley
Virginia (/vərˈdʒɪnjə/vər-JIN-yə, UK /vərˈdʒɪniə/vər-JIN-ee-ə), officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America, and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2014 is over 8.3 million.
The area's history begins with several indigenous groups, including the Powhatan. In 1607 the London Company established the Colony of Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony. Slave labor and the land acquired from displaced Native American tribes each played a significant role in the colony's early politics and plantation economy. Virginia was one of the 13 Colonies in the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War, during which Richmond was made the Confederate capital and Virginia's northwestern counties seceded to form the state of West Virginia. Although the Commonwealth was under one-party rule for nearly a century following Reconstruction, both major national parties are competitive in modern Virginia.
The Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World. The state government has been repeatedly ranked most effective by the Pew Center on the States. It is unique in how it treats cities and counties equally, manages local roads, and prohibits its governors from serving consecutive terms. Virginia's economy has many sectors: agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley; federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the Department of Defense and CIA; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region's main seaport. Virginia's economy changed from primarily agricultural to industrial during the 1960s and 1970s, and in 2002 computer chips became the state's leading export.