The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

March 3, 2014

Winter's last gasp? Another storm hits much of U.S.

— 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.

Snow began covering a thin layer of ice in the nation's capital early Monday, driven by a blustery wind that stung the faces of those who ventured outside. Officials 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 latest frigid blow of the harsh winter threatened 6 to 10 inches of snow by the end of the day in Washington, 4 to 8 inches in Baltimore and 6 to 8 inches in parts of Delaware. In Philadelphia, a dusting fell early in the day, while up to 8 inches were expected in parts of New Jersey. The governors of Virginia and Tennessee each declared a state of emergency as snow and ice threatened to make a mess of roads.

Schools were canceled, bus service was halted in places and federal government workers in the Washington area were told to stay home Monday.

"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."

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

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