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Snow storm blows through midsection, sets sights on DC, New England

Dec. 10, 2013 at 7:41 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A wintry mix bore down on the U.S. capital and New England while other parts of the nation were stuck in below-normal temperatures Tuesday, forecasters said.

A quick-moving storm began spreading snow across the mid-Atlantic U.S. states Monday before its trek toward southern New England Tuesday, AccuWeather.com reported.

Road conditions have been treacherous as at least 15 people have died from weather-related incidents in the past several days, mainly in traffic crashes, CNN reported. Eight died in Oklahoma alone, state officials said.

Before leaving the nation's midsection, the storm dumped as much as 4 inches of snow on parts of Missouri, weather forecasters said.

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain was tracking in Tennessee Tuesday.

Snow was forecast to fall across the Interstate 95 corridor throughout the day Tuesday, impacting cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington, forecasters said.

The fast-moving storm with its heavy snow was to move into Washington and its surrounding suburbs Tuesday morning and conditions were expected to deteriorate after it leaves the region, the Washington Post said.

Federal offices in Washington were closed Tuesday as were several school systems.

While the mid-Atlantic and New England regions braced for snow, temperatures elsewhere across the nation were expected to remain below normal for at least one more day.

In St. Paul, Minn., highs were expected to be in the single digits again Tuesday, and a wind chill advisory was in effect because of wind chill values registering 25-to-35 degrees below zero.

FlightStats.com indicated airports along the eastern seaboard were reporting delays as the snow moved in.

FlightAware.com posted on its website about 845 flights were canceled as of early Tuesday at airports across the United States, down from about 1,900 cancellations Monday.

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