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Huge winter storm targets East coast

Winter storm leaves snow, ice, wind and rain in it's wake

March 6, 2013

After slamming the Midwest, a huge winter storm is baring down on Washington D.C. and the East Coast. The snowstorm caused thousands of flights to be cancelled and zapped electricity for tens of thousands of customers before moving east.

As it crossed through the Midwest, parts of Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and elsewhere received about a foot of snow.

9.2 inches of snow were recorded Tuesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, setting a new record for the date. It was the largest snowfall in Chicago since the 2011 blizzard on Groundhog Day, the weather service said.

Schools throughout the Mid Atlantic have been closed. Federal offices in Washington were closed because of the snow, according to the Office of Personnel Management’s website.

“For folks in D.C. and areas just inland of Philadelphia, it will be a mess today,” said Mike Pigott, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “It’ll be a mess for Boston and New York tomorrow.”

Throughout the warned area, road crews are urging people not to drive until the highways have been cleared.

“Let our crews clear the roads,” said Branco Vlacich of the Virginia Department of Transportation, which deployed 4,000 salt trucks and plows throught Northern Virginia. “Roads likely will be treacherous at times.”

According to CNN, the snowfall has been beneficial “but not a drought-buster” for areas of the Midwest in desperate need of rain with soil moisture levels at all-time lows.

“Even flooding at this point won’t alleviate a drought.” an official with Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources said, adding that the snow will give waterway levels a nice bump.

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