A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the northeast of the US today, a day after it swept through the country's middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans for thousands.

The storm, which was blamed for 15 deaths, pushed through the Upper Ohio Valley and made its way into the northeast last night.

By this morning, there was anywhere from a few inches of snow to a foot in some locations.

The National Weather Service said the northeast's heaviest snowfall would be in northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and inland sections of several New England states before the storm ended Friday morning and headed to Canada.

The East Coast's largest cities, New York, Philadelphia and Boston, were seeing mostly high winds and rain in the morning.

Other areas were getting a messy mix of rain and snow or just rain, enough to slow down commuters and those still heading home from Christmas visits.