Blizzard warnings and other winter storm warnings were in effect from Maine to Virginia, affecting some 50 million people. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to delay her trip to meet with US President Donald Trump until Friday.
At the US military's annual American-German friendship fair in Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, most fairgoers and service members were careful to ignore recent comments by the US president.
Nearly 70 percent of Germans polled think the chancellor should travel to Russia for the soccer tournament. Germans appear to have softened their attitudes toward Russia since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Snow has started to fall as a late-season winter storm cripples the northeast US. Thousands of flights have been canceled and a state of emergency has been declared across the east coast.
A powerful winter storm called a "bomb cyclone" has barreled into the US Northeast bringing heavy snow and high winds. The storm has led to travel chaos with thousands of canceled flights and dangerous roads.
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