A 17-year-old who was killed after smashing into a light pole while sledding is the first fatality from the blizzard that struck the northeastern US last night.
Local media have named the teen as Sean Urda, and said he and two other 17-year-olds were taking turns sliding in Huntington, New York when he lost control and crashed.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
The 17-year-old has been the only death reported during the snowstorm that caused much of the northeastern US to shut down last night.
Despite dire warnings that it could be one of the worst blizzards in the city’s history, New York was spared the worst of the snowfall and has since lifted the travel bans it imposed in preparation.
Predicting upwards of 3 feet of snow, the city ordered drivers off the roads and shut down the subway system and closed bridges in prepartion.
However once the threat failed to failing to materialise, New York saw just less than a quarter of the snowfall predicted, the travel bans on most roads across the state and in the city were lifted.
Travel was badly affected last night, with more than 4,500 flights cancelled at US airports, and even today there were a number of flights between Ireland and the US cancelled due to the adverse weather.
In the lead-up to the storm, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to go home and stay there, adding: "People have to make smart decisions from this point on."
"When you hear the word 'crippling' and you look out your window this morning, it is not there," said John Davitt, a meterologist on New York's NY1 news channel.
Forecasts for as much as 90cm of snow had prompted governors in eight east coast states to declare states of emergency and the storm affected up to 60 million people in nearly a dozen states.