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Washington, D.C. hit with heaviest snowfall of the season

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 00:51

Feb. 13 - Winter storm dumps a foot of snow on Washington, closing the federal government and prompting nearby airports to suspend operations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices. Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from Georgia up to Maine, and the powerful system could blanket the Atlantic Coast over the next two days with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cms) of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The Washington, D.C., area awoke to its heaviest snowfall of the winter. The federal government was closed, along with school districts in the area. Washington's bus service was suspended, and residents were advised to stay home if possible rather than risk a commute through snow accumulations of as much as a foot throughout the area. All runways at the city's Dulles and Reagan National airports were closed, as well as schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. About 4,470 domestic and international flights were canceled and another roughly 290 were delayed early on Thursday morning, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

Washington, D.C. hit with heaviest snowfall of the season

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 00:51

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