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PHOTO GALLERY: Mammoth 'Snowzilla' blizzard blankets eastern US




A pedestrian walks through snow in Parkville, Md., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 (AP)

Sean Jackson and Gina Del Tatto push their child, Hayes Jackson, in a stroller as heavy snow falls in New York's Upper West Side, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, as a large winter storm rolls up the East Coast (AP)

Pedestrians are see in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016 (AFP)

Dog owners and runners go through heavy snow fall and strong wind gusts in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City (AFP)

A lone jogger moves through heavy snow fall and strong wind gusts in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City (AFP)

TOPSHOT - Snow plows clean the snow from a street during a snowstorm in downtown Washington, DC on January 22, 2016 (AFP)

A driver attempts to clear snow off a car on a residential street in the northwest of Washington, DC on January 23, 2016 (AFP)

A worker clears snow from a sidewalk on January 23, 2016 in New York (AFP)

US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday.

The storm is expected to affect about 85 million Americans -- about one quarter of the US population. Before it's all over, it could cause more than $1 billion in damage, NWS officials said.

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