Winter Storm Blasts East Coast

"I have never seen anything like this," Harris said. "I've seen overturned cars, tractor trailers sliding off the road. I had no idea how to handle this weather and I have now been stuck in it for almost 24 hours. So I guess I've learned and I've also learned to always have you know a blanket, food, water, everything with me just in case something like this is to happen ever again."

Five hundred to 1,000 drivers were stranged on a highway in Rockbridge County, Va., where rescue crews are offering people rides to nearby shelters before temperatures get any lower.

In Washington D.C., most public transportation -- including Metrorail buses -- were suspended after 1 p.m. Saturday because of the deteriorating road conditions.

And for those shoppers brave enough to face the storm, few lines awaited them at shopping malls and stores, an unusual site for one of the year's busiest shopping days just a week before Christmas.

Winter Storm Blasts East Coast, Five Reported Dead

Even the National Football League is feeling the cold effects of the storm, with the blizzard hampering the Chicago Bears' travel plans into Baltimore Friday night. The team, which is still trying to get into the area from the Midwest tonight, is scheduled to play Sunday against the Ravens, a game already postponed to 4:15 pm.

The blizzard did not stop Emily Lake and Tony McCormack from tying the knot. They married today at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Md., even though their wedding band had already cancelled due to the weather.

Many churches along the eastern coridor have also suspended Sunday church services, reminding parishioners that church law includes a provision for "grave cause" to miss Mass at church. Instead, the dioceses are urging Catholics to watch Mass on telvision or listen to Masses broadcast on the radio or on the Internet if their roads are "unsafe."

But not everyone thought the snowstorm was bad -- a group of Twitter users organized a massive snowball fight by communicating through the social media site in downtown Washington, D.C.

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