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More winter misery as massive storm wallops Washington

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:50 AM
A man uses skis to make his way on the national mall during a snow storm in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Another huge winter storm walloped Washington and surrounding areas on Monday, shutting schools and the federal government, snarling air traffic and blanketing roads in snow.

The bitter March blast was the latest in a succession of miserable weather events that have made this one of the harshest in recent memory for residents of the US East Coast.

In the capital, in a region that bore the brunt of the fierce system of freezing rain, sleet and blowing snow, cars and pedestrians were few and far between during the normally bustling lunch hour. Morning commutes were calm and windswept.

As a precaution, federal government employees were told to stay home and schools in the city and surrounding counties gave their students yet another snow day off.

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