Winter storm Hercules pummels East Coast

Winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly two feet of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions.

Law enforcement, fire and rescue workers prepare to remove an injured passenger from a car that was in an accident involving a tractor-trailer Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, near Winchester,Va., as snow fell in the northern Shenandoah Valley. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason)

Law enforcement, fire and rescue workers prepare to remove an injured passenger from a car that was in an accident involving a tractor-trailer Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, near Winchester,Va., as snow fell in the northern Shenandoah Valley. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason)

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