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East Coast braces for yet another winter storm

Winter Storm Dumps Snow On Northeast

WASHINGTON (AP) - School was canceled, buses halted and federal government workers told to stay home Monday as the nation's capital braced for a storm expected to dump a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast.

The latest frigid blow of the harsh winter threatened as much as 10 inches of snow by the end of the day in Washington, Baltimore and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region. Up to 6 inches of snow was predicted to the north in Philadelphia, while nearly a foot of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey.

"We're tired of it. We're sick of it," said Martin Peace, a web developer from the Washington suburb of Arlington, Va.

He and his wife were walking on the National Mall with their young daughter Sunday before the frigid weather blew in. Both bemoaned the number of snowy days this year.

"It's been hard with a baby being stuck in the house," said Nicole Peace, who works in human resources. "We don't really get the day off, but then we have to work from home with the baby, which is hard."

The forecasts were enough to shut much of Washington down. On Sunday night, the federal government announced that its Washington-area offices would be closed Monday. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which sets leave policies for 300,000 federal workers in the region, says non-emergency personnel are granted excused absences for the day.

School systems in Baltimore, Washington and many suburban areas were closed, as were all Smithsonian museums except for the National Air and Space Museum. However, the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to be open and had arguments scheduled for Monday.

The wintry precipitation moved across much of the nation Sunday, bringing a mix of freezing rain and heavy snow to central and eastern states. Authorities warned of possible power outages and flight disruptions from weather that could affect millions.

More than 2,000 flights in the United States were canceled more than 200 were delayed early Monday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. There are more than 30,000 flights in the United States on a typical day.

In Ohio, crews in Cincinnati were treating roads as a mix of freezing rain and snow fell late Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Patty Lee was among those braved treacherous conditions, driving some 20 miles from Cincinnati to suburban Blue Ash for a job interview. She joked that her first job test was making it through the icy parking lot without falling down.

"The roads are deteriorating pretty quickly," she said after returning to Cincinnati.

A suspension bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Kentucky was closed Sunday because of ice covering its hard-to-treat metal grid deck.

Freezing rain and sleet moved across Kentucky, making road travel treacherous Sunday. Officials warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Parts of the state could receive up to 8 inches of sleet and snow through Monday. Churches throughout the state canceled services.

Parts of West Virginia could also get up to a foot of snow. That sent residents on a hunt for food, water and supplies.

Linda McGilton of Charleston said she tries to be prepared but she also was not concerned.

"I don't try to panic. It doesn't do any good," McGilton of Charleston said as she unloaded a grocery cart outside the Kroger store.

Richmond, Va., was expected to get as many as 7 inches of snow Monday. Katilynn Allan, 22, bemoaned the city's unpredictable weather but said she was not too worried about driving if she had to make the short commute to her job as a financial planner.

"It's not too bad," said Allan. "You just have to take it slow when there is ice on the road.

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DEAN KRYSTEK March 03 2014 at 8:11 AM

Ah...climate change is a natural cycle. We're in one now, but I doubt we had much to do with it...meaning we didn't cause it. And if everywhere in the WORLD people stopped using biofuels, stopped cutting down trees or spewing gases into the atomosphere, I doubt very seriously that it would reverse what is happening. Al Gore needs to fly down to Brazil and spew his knowledge to the folks burning the rainforest to create unsustainable farm lands, rather than tell you and I we have to use less gasoline, natural gas, and coal.

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geo1284060 March 03 2014 at 7:53 AM

I hope that when all this snow melts, it fills up reservoirs like Lake Mead and others in the South so we won't have a drought situation this summer.

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cherylhaass geo1284060 March 03 2014 at 8:13 AM

Get a rain barrel.

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falling rain March 03 2014 at 7:42 AM

"LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW" MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIKE SNOW BECAUSE THEIR NOT PREPARED FOR IT. NOT TO MENTION THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE IN IT. SO THEY BLAME THE WEATHER. THERE SHOULD BE QUESTIONS ON THE DRIVERS LEARNERS TEST ON HOW TO DRIVE IN SNOW AND HOW TO GET OUT OF A SNOW BANK AND HAVE PROPER ITEMS IN YOUR VEHICLE TO BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST AND HOPE FOR THE BEST.

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fordpowerstrokin falling rain March 03 2014 at 8:10 AM

Caps lock stuck?

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Marlena March 03 2014 at 6:54 AM

And life goes on weather and all....Be greatful your alive to experience it and oh yah MOVE ON.....

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Pearl March 03 2014 at 9:00 AM

Smile, at least you have plenty of water.

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Annie March 03 2014 at 6:35 AM

I am just waiting for all of this snow to melt and get some warm air around us. We have 4 - 5 feet of snow banks around us from the having our drive plowed every time we get over 3 inches of snow. That doesn't seem like much but it keeps us from getting in and out of our drive. but it could be worse.

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Doug March 03 2014 at 9:21 AM

Where is Tex Antione?

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Happy Holidays Doug March 03 2014 at 9:55 AM

TEX ANTOINE was fired when he made the following on air comment: "...If a woman is getting raped, she should just lay back and enjoy it"


Nuff said

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fwmpowers March 03 2014 at 9:18 AM

Global Warming ???

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ELIZABETH March 03 2014 at 9:09 AM

Buy dried beans.. (they can last up to 30 years)... all you need is a crockpot, water, salt , beans, a fireplace, (and matches and wood) and a bottle of brandy.

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Jim Hayes March 03 2014 at 7:55 AM

No matter how many billions of American dollars are spent to overcome global warming,incoming ice age or your New "climate change", nothing will change. When I grew up many years ago it was called "Winter" and "Summer". We are the cleanest USA ever now with our $1000.00 toilets and $5.00 light bulbs but Europe, Asia and all third world countries spew out all kinds of poison--We do NOT have a bubble built around our hemisphere--Please go take Al Gore and all his private jets and beat up the rest of the world and do something good for the planet--Mother Nature is way stronger than you will ever be---

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