(NEW YORK) -- The winter blast returned Tuesday, bringing snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The storm closed federal agencies in Washington, D.C., Tuesday and will delay government business at least two hours on Wednesday. Washington, D.C., public schools will be closed Wednesday.
Tuesday's storm stretched from Kentucky to New England. Earlier, Chicago got about a foot of snow.
"This is our eighteenth snow program so far this season, which is four more than all of the entire snow season last year," said Charles Williams of the Chicago Sanitation Department, charged with plowing snow from the city's streets.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents the massive snowstorm hitting the Northeast Tuesday night had intensified. Parts of the city were expected to get up to 14 inches of snow, according to the mayor, and windchills were forecasted to push temperatures as low as 15 below zero.
"Prolonged exposure is dangerous. People should stay home to the max extent possible. If you need to go out, you should stay out as briefly as possible," de Blasio cautioned New York City residents Tuesday.
Three thousand flights were canceled due to Tuesday's hazardous weather conditions. As of Tuesday evening, about a thousand cancellations are on the board for Wednesday.
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