Walloped again: Another storm hits much of US

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Walloped again: Another storm hits much of US
A cardinal perches near a bird feeder in Towson, Md. during Monday's snowstorm on March 3, 2014. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
A city snow plow clears a lane in Lexington, Ky., Monday, March 3, 2014, as a strong winter storm with sleet, freezing rain, and snow started Sunday evening and continued through the day on Monday. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
A tractor-trailer is surrounded by emergency vehicles as it lays on its side on the east bound lanes of Maryland Route 50 in Bowie, Md., during a snow storm, Monday, March 3, 2014. Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors. Four to 8 inches of snow were forecast from Baltimore to Washington _ lower than earlier predictions but enough to cause headaches for the region. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A car involved in a crash while traveling on Maryland Route 50 is passed by trucks during a snow storm, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Bowie, Md. Spring is in sight, but winter is keeping its icy hold on much of the country, with up to a foot of snow and plummeting temperatures expected across the Mid-Atlantic states and up the East Coast. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Drivers make their way on a snow covered George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, Va., Monday, March 3, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
A Capitol Hill worker clears snow on Capitol Hill in Washington,Monday, March 3, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Tractor trailer cautiously travel along Interstate 24 Monday, March 3, 2014, in Paducah, Ky. A winter storm brought ice, sleet and snow to the region hampering travel and business. Area colleges, school and shopping centers have closed. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)
NOAA satellite loop of a large winter storm lashing the Mid-Atlantic portion of the East Coast on Monday, March 3, 2014.

A Winchester Public Works truck clears the street of snow on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Winchester, Va. Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Ginger Perry)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: People cross K St. as snow falls, on March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. The federal governent is closed due to major snowstorm that is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in the Washington area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: People navigate snow covered streets near Union Station March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington area has been hit by repeated snow storms throughout the winter. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: A man walks along a snow covered street, on March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. The federal governent is closed due to major snowstorm that is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in the Washington area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: A man walks through a park as snow continues to fall near the U.S. Capitol on March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington area has been hit by repeated snow storms throughout the winter. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
IN SPACE - MARCH 2: In this handout from NASA, a large storm system moves toward the East Coast of the U.S. March 2, 2014 in Space. According to NOAA's National Weather Service, the major winter storm is expected to bring large amounts of snow, beginning March 2,and ending March 3, along the Northeast. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
National Park Service employee Eric Tolliver shovels snow and ice at the Lincoln Memorial as snow falls in Washington, Monday, March 3, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The statue of President Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, sculpted in 1853 by Clark Mill sits in the falling snow in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House in Washington, Monday, March 3, 2014. The winter weather prompted area schools and the federal government to close and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington is cleared of snow, Monday, March 3, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Workers clear the tarmac of snow so that flights can resume at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Monday, March 3, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
A city plow removes snow from an intersection along 6th Street in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A morning commuter waits on a train during a winter snowstorm Monday, March 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A morning commuter walks to a train station during a winter snowstorm Monday, March 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. Spring is in sight, but winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with up to a foot of snow and plummeting temperatures expected across the Mid-Atlantic states and up the East Coast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A worker clears snow from a sidewalk at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center near the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, March 2, 2014. The area is under a winter storm warning and is expecting more snow throughout the day. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A city worker clears snow from a sidewalk on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, March 2, 2014. The area is under a winter storm warning and is expecting more snow throughout the day. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Southwest Airlines jet taxis past snow-clearing equipment at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, in Linthicum , Md., Monday, March 3, 2014. Snow and low temperatures gripped the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, causing more than than 2,700 flight cancellations in the United States as of Monday afternoon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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By BRETT ZONGKER

WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.

Four to 8 inches of snow were forecast from Baltimore to Washington - lower than earlier predictions but enough to cause headaches for the region.

Russ Watters, 60, of St. Louis was walking through the National Air and Space Museum with his 14-year-old son, Seth, who was touring Washington with his 8th-grade class.

"We're trying to find stuff that's open, so this is open. We had to cancel our trip to Arlington Cemetery. That was closed down this morning. We were going to go to Mount Vernon," Watters said.

Pennsylvania dodged most of the effects of the snowfall to its south as only a few inches fell - and just a trace or even none in some areas.

In New Jersey nearly 6 inches has fallen in some areas, with up to 8 forecast. That could make it the eighth snowiest winter in the last 120 years.

In parts of Delaware 4 to 8 inches are forecast, down from predictions of 10 or more inches. The governor there has lifted a state of emergency and driving warning for northern part of the state but urged motorists to still exercise caution.

Snow covered a thin layer of ice in the nation's capital Monday, driven by a blustery wind that stung the faces of those who ventured outside. Officials still warned people to stay off treacherous, icy roads - a refrain that has become familiar to residents in the Midwest, East and even Deep South this year.

The governors of Virginia and Tennessee each declared a state of emergency as snow and ice threatened to make a mess of roads.

Virginia State Police troopers responded to more than 300 traffic crashes across the state between 12:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday, with about half occurring in the Richmond area.

In northern Virginia, the Jukebox Diner in Manassas opened up at its regular 6 a.m. time, but not a single customer had come in by 8:15, waitress Irene Auiler said.

"I had to drive in to open, and the worst thing was the windshield keep freezing over," Auiler said.

Retired restaurant dishwasher Betty Wolfe, 65, gripped the leash tightly as she walked her dog, Maggie, through ankle-deep snow in downtown Hagerstown, Md.

"She loves the snow. She loves to run in it," Wolfe said.

Wolfe was dressed for winter but not enjoying the frigid wind. She said she would forgo her daily trek to visit her husband in a nursing home nearly a mile away because she's already fallen twice this winter.

More than 2,600 flights in the United States were canceled as of Monday afternoon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, but "flight cancellations are stacking up all the way from the DC area on up to New England," said Daniel Baker of FlightAware.

In Texas, hundreds of flights were cancelled, officials called for energy conservation measures, and interstates were turned into parking lots extending for miles. North Texas took the brunt of the latest storm but freezing temperatures extended into the central part of the state.

Parts of eastern Kentucky remained under a winter storm warning until late Monday afternoon, with additional snowfall and temperatures below freezing that could bring the total to 6 inches in some areas.

On the Eastern Shore of Virginia, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility closed for the day. The southern parts of the state could see 2 inches to 4 inches of snow, with 8 to 10 inches forecast in in northern Virginia. Richmond was expected to get as many as 7 inches of snow.

Parts of West Virginia could get up to 10 inches of snow. That sent residents on a hunt for food, water and supplies as state offices closed.

"I'm sick of the snow," David Mines of Charleston said as he stopped at a convenience store. "I've been in this state for 14 years, and I think this is the worst winter we've had."

Roads outside Charleston were a bit dicey, said Janie Pierce of St. Albans, W.Va., who stopped at a McDonalds for coffee. But she was not too concerned about the weather.

"We're West Virginians. It's going to take more than this to keep us at home," she said.

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