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Gargantuan Storm Snarls Air Travel And Work Commute Tuesday Across The Northeast

  • Juan Carlos, right, tie a rope to his vehicle as he tries to dig out snow around the truck along Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, Del., when they spun out of control as the first snow of the season moves into the area, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

    Juan Carlos, right, tie a rope to his vehicle as he tries to dig out snow around the truck along Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, Del., when they spun out of control as the first snow of the season moves into the area, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)  (THE NEWS JOURNAL2013)

  • A driver makes their way up a snow covered Monte Alto Rd in Eldorado, N.M.,  early Thursday, Dec.  5, 2013.  Some northern New Mexico highways have difficult driving conditions Thursday as the latest blast of freezing temperatures, wind and snow causes delays and closures in parts of the state. National Weather Service forecasters say snowfall accumulations in some areas could reach 6 to 8 inches, with hardest-hit areas expected to include Torrance County and north toward Las Vegas. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

    A driver makes their way up a snow covered Monte Alto Rd in Eldorado, N.M., early Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Some northern New Mexico highways have difficult driving conditions Thursday as the latest blast of freezing temperatures, wind and snow causes delays and closures in parts of the state. National Weather Service forecasters say snowfall accumulations in some areas could reach 6 to 8 inches, with hardest-hit areas expected to include Torrance County and north toward Las Vegas. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

  • Shenandoah University student Kim Hyden of Staunton, Va. brushes several inches of snow from her windshield to head home after studying in the anatomy lab for her physician's assistant final exams in Winchester, Va. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain began to glaze most of the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, with officials urging people to stay off the roads, as North Texas and other states shook off the early remnants of the powerful storm. (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

    Shenandoah University student Kim Hyden of Staunton, Va. brushes several inches of snow from her windshield to head home after studying in the anatomy lab for her physician's assistant final exams in Winchester, Va. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain began to glaze most of the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, with officials urging people to stay off the roads, as North Texas and other states shook off the early remnants of the powerful storm. (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)  (AP2013)

A powerful, slow-moving storm that has affected much of the U.S. brought snow and bitter cold to the Northeast Monday, snarling traffic, prompting another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

Government workers and students in the Washington, D.C., area were told to stay home Tuesday as the region braced for another round of snow just a few days after some parts already received several inches.

In Washington, the snow was expected to start falling in time for the morning commute, potentially causing traffic problems.

Non-emergency federal employees in the area were granted an excused absence Tuesday but other employees were told to telecommute, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website.

The District of Columbia government also closed as well as public schools and some universities in the region.

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were expected.

The new snow comes on the heels of Sunday's winter weather, which dumped several inches of snow on Philadelphia and northern Maryland.

Elsewhere, eastern and central Kentucky and southwest Virginia were expected to get 1 to 3 inches of snow. All of West Virginia was likely to see snow Tuesday, with 2 to 4 inches forecast for north and central parts of the state and 3 to 5 in the mountains.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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