Winter's Last Gasp? Another Storm Hits Much of US

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Winter is keeping its icy hold on much of the country, with snow falling and temperatures starting to plummet from the Mid-Atlantic states up to the East Coast.

Snow began covering a thin layer of ice in the nation's capital early today, driven by a blustery wind that stung faces of those who ventured outside. Officials warned people to stay off treacherous, icy roads -- a refrain that has become familiar to residents in the Midwest, East and even Deep South this year.

Schools were canceled, bus service was halted in places and federal government workers in the DC area were told to stay home.

The latest frigid blow of the harsh winter threatened as much as 10 inches of snow by the end of the day in Washington, Baltimore and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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