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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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nightsnook March 03 2014 at 10:30 AM

thats why they built 95......moved to Fl. 20 years ago...about 80 here today....

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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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redberry24 March 03 2014 at 9:54 AM

It is just snow. Get over it. It seems that people are trying to find challenges where there are none. It is JUST snow. We all have to deal with it and it is really NOT a BIG DEAL.

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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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Peter Waterman March 03 2014 at 10:53 AM

Having lived in the northeast for fifty years, I can really feel for these people and the winter they are having.
However, I do appreciate my pool and temps in the eighties in sunny Florida.
Also the margarita helps a little too.

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Tom Peter Waterman March 03 2014 at 11:04 AM

Me? I live in the beautiful Pacific northwest where we celebrate the Seattle Rain Festival each and every year. It runs from January 1 to December 31, every year.

I lived in Massachusetts in the Merrimack valley (Methuen/Haverhill) for over 3 years. I loved the winters and hated the hot and muggy/humid summers.

I've visited Florida, specifically Orlando in late winter. It's OK that time of year but would I want to live there. Nope.. Enjoy your pool and temps and the drink . I'm not at all envious.

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Steve & Karen March 03 2014 at 10:43 AM

Time to take a trip to Tombstone, Arizona. "The Town Too Tough To Die". Forcast is for 70 plus degrees. (I live there)

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kmyjoy March 03 2014 at 9:40 AM

your life has not stopped because of the weather...and the weather personnel is talking about the people and how they have had enough...who cares and who asked...do you see snow....well, rise above it...and find fun things to do...your have enough...just shows your mentality of boredom...and what does that say....maybe you will come up with a way to stop the snow...because you want us to know about the people having had enough...and its still snowing...what is your point...people are never satisfied...snow, wait until it rains, hot etc...nothing but a bunch of murmur and complainers...there are better things you can base your thinking on...give some good advise...such as...during this trying time...learn how to encourage yourself...dont make yourself sick over weather...it going to be spring shortly...and you will complain about the pollen and other things...then your sickness you had enough of the pollen etc....then summer will come and you will complain about it...get over yourselves...and enjoy your life inspite of the weather...fewer complains and more help in how to go through with a clear mind and not be depressed in it...help somebody...go for a walk...smell the fresh air...see the beauty...we the people need to know how to help encourage one another...and teach each other how to encourage ourselves...think of what you're doing to yourself with every negative thought...you loose emzynes into your body that create problems...read The Bible...and Norman Vincent Peel wrote a book about positive thinking read it...get information in your hand thats going to tell you what to do when you're on the road stuck...this is what the newws should be telling you...instead of how they feel...who ask...and why do we the viewers need to know...if you cant say anything good...say nothing...if anyone of you thats had enough...do us a favor and do something about it or keep your mouth shut...we are all in the same condition....poor, rich you know what I mean...think of something good and encourage yourself...God Bless

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rdblue2 March 03 2014 at 11:07 AM

what storm??? we only got 1" -if that......more like a dusting........

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hattieli March 03 2014 at 9:27 AM

Oh Stop the Crying, we all got some of it.

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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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