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Mid-Atlantic Braces for New Major Snowstorm

Wednesday February 10, 2010

The latest in a string of fierce winter storms will make its way into the Mid-Atlantic region Tuesday, even as the region continues to recover from a blizzard this weekend, news reports said.

The Washington, D.C., area got upwards of two feet snow from the weekend storm, which affected major cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Del. Federal government offices in the Washington area closed Monday and Tuesday due to the storm.

Some areas in the Mid-Atlantic saw nearly three feet of snow from the weekend storm, the Associated Press reported. Accumulation was worst in Maryland, where cities such as Frederick and Crofton had more than 33 inches.

Major roads had been cleared throughout the Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday, news reports said.

The storm forecast to hit the Mid-Atlantic this week hit the Midwest Monday and Tuesday, AP said.

The National Weather Service predicts that Washington, D.C., may get 20 inches of snow from the storm, which is scheduled to hit Tuesday afternoon, AP said. Philadelphia could have 18 inches by the time the storm ends Wednesday night.

Officials announced Tuesday morning that more than 500 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Airports in the Washington, D.C., area remained open Tuesday morning, though officials there predicted cancelations and delays later in the day, the Washington Post reported. Philadelphia International Airport similarly remains open, though cancelations are expected, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

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