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The scene in New York City's Times Square on Feb. 1. After lashing the Midwest and parts of California earlier, the storm system moved into the Northeast overnight, affecting some 70 million people. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The first major winter storm of 2021 was lashing much of the Eastern U.S. over Monday night, with up to 30 inches of snow falling in some places.

The big picture: COVID-19 vaccination sites and schools closed across the Northeast, including in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York City, where the outdoor subway service was suspended. New Jersey's Transit also paused its bus and rail operations. Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. At least three deaths have been attributed to the storm in Pennsylvania, per AP.

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People clear snow in front of their house after heavy snowfall in the Cliffside Park region of New Jersey on Feb. 1. Photo: Islam Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Imagess
A man operates a snow blower in Muhlenberg township, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 1. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images
Crews work to clear snow in Boston, Massachusetts on Feb. 1. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images
The scene in NYC's Times Square during the winter storm on Feb. 1. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
The National Mall on Jan. 31 in Washington, D.C. The storm forced President Biden to reschedule his planned Feb. 1 State Department visit. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
A person passes people in Brooklyn's enclosed outdoor dining structure during a Jan. 31 snowstorm in New York City. Nonessential travel was restricted in the city from 6am Feb. 1. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
Snow falls on the statue of former Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider before the game against the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 31. Photo: Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images
A snow plow clears streets during a "winter storm warning" in Chicago on Jan. 30. Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Snowkiters sail across Lake Minnetonka on Jan. 30 in Wayzata, Minn. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
People throw snowballs on Manhattan Beach, Calif., following winter storms that blanketed the region with rain, snow, and hail, on Jan. 29. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the storm and additional photos.

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In photos: Over 5,000 arrested during Navalny protests in Russia

Police detain protesters during an unauthorized protest rally against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow Sunday. Yulia Navalny, the activist's wife, was among over 1,500 people detained in the city, per AP. She was released after a few hours. Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Over 5,000 demonstrators were detained in major Russian cities Sunday, as authorities cracked down on people who defied orders and protested against the detention of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, monitoring groups said.

Why it matters: Navalny's detention has united Russians from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are against his politics, to protest the authoritarian leadership of President Vladimir Putin, per the New York Times.

  • Russian prosecutors have demanded that social media platforms censor calls to join protests, AP notes.

By the numbers: Census to show first decline of white population

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Data: U.S. Census Bureau via Brookings Institute; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The latest census is expected to show the first decline in history for the nation's non-Hispanic white population, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Brookings Institution's William Frey.

Why it matters: The U.S. is rapidly moving toward a majority-minority population — with the racial and ethnic diversity most apparent in younger cohorts. "This really is moving in a direction that’s going to favor the issues and the political agendas of these younger people," Frey told Axios.

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Democrats plot filibuster workarounds

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Several Democratic lawmakers are moving away from calls to eliminate the filibuster while privately discussing alternatives to bypass it, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: These talks have ramped up in earnest following the Republicans’ move Tuesday to block a measure to protect and expand voting rights.