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Federal Offices in DC Close as Major Snowstorm Heads East

Man clears snow from the Millennium Park skating rink in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Federal offices in Washington, D.C. will be closed on Wednesday as the nation's capital prepares to be hit by what could be the biggest snowstorm there in three years.

In a statement Wednesday, the Office of Personnel and Management said "non-emergency employees will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work."

The storm is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of snow inside the Beltway, up to 14 inches in the western suburbs, 10 to 18 inches in western Virginia, and up to 6 inches in the eastern suburbs.  The heaviest snowfall will be on Wednesday and it is forecast to end by night time.

Elsewhere, 3 to 6 inches of the white stuff is expected in Philadelphia, with rain mixing in from time to time.  New York City is forecast to get the same amount of snow, with more than 6 inches possible for eastern Long Island and just north of the city.  Snowfall in both cities will end on Thursday, as the storm moves on to Boston and New England.

Already, the system has wrecked havoc on the Midwest, dropping 8 to 12 inches of snow from Minneapolis to Chicago, crippling transportation.  

As of Wednesday morning, over 1,600 flights have been canceled, according to  The Washington, D.C., area has the most cancellations, followed by Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta.

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Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for what some forecasters say could be a historic snowstorm this weekend.

A blizzard warning is in effect Friday for seven states, stretching from New Jersey and New York City up through Maine. The worst of the storm is expected to hit late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

While only a few inches of snow are forecast to fall in Philadelphia, New York City could see up to 14 inches of the white stuff.  Cities in New England, like Boston and Portland, Maine, may see up to two feet or more.

The storm is also expected to bring strong wind gusts, ranging from 50 to 70 mph. That could mean coastal flooding in areas near the water.

More than 3,000 flights have already been cancelled in response. Amtrak is also planning to suspend its train service in the Northeast Friday afternoon.

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Washington State Walloped by Rare Snow Storm

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Schools were closed across Washington state Wednesday as a freak snowstorm knocked out power and blocked major roads.

The state capital of Olympia got 12 inches of snow in a matter of hours Wednesday morning, according to Accuweather meteorologist Dave Samuhel, while Seattle got five inches.

To illustrate what a wallop this is for the region, Seattle typically sees about 5.9 inches of snow for the entire year.

The five inches Seattle got Wednesday was a bit of relief since much more was predicted for the city, but it still presented major challenges for a city with plenty of steep hills and few snow plows.

“This is a city with a limited number of plows and a population that is not used to driving in the snow,” Scott Sistek, a meteorologist for, said.

The worst snowstorm Seattle has seen was in 1974 when 9.8 inches of snow fell.

KOMO-TV, the ABC News affiliate in Seattle, reported major road closures and power outages in the Washington area.  Schools were closed across the state.

Elsewhere, in Portland, Ore., the snow quickly turned to rain, but it came with a warning of hurricane force winds for the coast, with winds forecast to gust close to 100 mph and seas to build to 35 feet.

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Seattle Snowstorm: City to Receive Less Snow Than Forecasted

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle residents are bracing for a snowstorm that is expected to leave a messy commute Wednesday morning.

Forecasters downgraded their initial predictions of at least 8 to 12 inches of snow to hit the Pacific Northwest city to about 4 to 7 inches of snow instead.

Typically, Seattle sees about 5.9 inches of snow in a year.

Either way, authorities on Tuesday prepared to deal with the snowstorm’s impact.

“We want to make sure we get the road network opened up so we can maintain critical services like health care.  We can get people to dialysis,” said Grant Tietje, Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center.

Authorities are concerned over the accumulation of snow which could topple power lines and block roads.

Lawrence Eichhorn of the Seattle Department of Transportation said they’ll be working closely with other agencies to keep the roads open, “to make sure our resources are at the right place at the right time.  And that’s really been a huge difference from previous snow response.”

Scott Sistek, a meteorologist for said Tuesday that, “it doesn’t really matter if this storm is a record-breaker, it will have the same effect.”

“This is a city with a limited number of plows and a population that is not used to driving in the snow,” Sistek said.

The worst snowstorm the city has seen was in 1974 when 9.8 inches of the white stuff fell.´╗┐

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Storm to Bring Snow, Rain, Strong Winds to Parts of East

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An intensifying storm system will move out of the Ohio Valley and into the eastern Great Lakes and the northeast Tuesday, spreading rain over major cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston during the afternoon.  Most areas will see approximately an inch of rain, while flash flooding is possible in some low-lying areas.

Some severe weather is possible from Richmond, Va., to Jacksonville, Fla., with gusting winds near 70 mph. A few isolated tornadoes could develop in some of the strongest storms.  There is also a chance for some minor flash flooding in parts of the southeast on Tuesday.

As the system moves across Pennsylvania and New York, surface winds will increase to 40-to-50 mph with higher gusts along the coast.  Wind advisories have already been issued from Delaware to Maine.

Light snow is expected on the back side of the storm, but not much for this time of the year.  Areas around Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could see 1-2 inches of snow, while those near Erie, Pa., to Buffalo, N.Y., and into the Adirondacks could see 4-6 inches of snow. The highest elevations in the Adirondacks could get up to 8 inches.

The quick-moving system will be out of the northeast by mid-Wednesday morning, only to be followed by colder temps and gusting winds Wednesday afternoon.

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Weekend Weather Scenarios: Will Your Christmas Be White?

Altrendo Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parts of the West have been hit by a deadly winter storm that has been blamed for at least six deaths, and a nor’easter could threaten the East in the next several days.

A cold winter blast has pummeled the Great Plains. In the last 24 hours, 24 inches of snow was reported in New Mexico with winds gusting over 70 mph in the mountains. All major highways in New Mexico were shut down, but not before a car crash killed four and injured two others.

More than 100 car rescues were reported from the pan handle of Texas to New Mexico.

Kansas and Oklahoma have up to a foot of snow, as does Colorado, where 10-foot snow drifts are being reported. Parts of southwest Kansas received half of their annual snow fall -- 5-10 inches of snow -- with gusty winds blowing the snow into 1-3 foot drifts.

As it moves east now, the storm is weakening and becoming mostly a rain maker, with some thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. Some storms could produce heavy rain with minor flooding, gusty winds and hail.

Wednesday morning, the storm will reach the East Coast in the form of rain from Atlanta to Boston. Airport delays are possible. Thursday will be dry, but another storm system will bring rain to the major cities along the East Coast on Friday with temperatures near 50 degrees. Saturday, a third storm could bring some snow to parts of the Northeast. Here are three possible scenarios for the Christmas weekend:

Scenario #1:  Mostly snow just outside of major cities with rain changing to snow from D.C. to Boston.
Scenario #2:   All rain along the coast with snow inland in places like Poconos, Catskills and mountains of New England.
Scenario #3:  The storm will move south and miss the Northeast region altogether.

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Snowstorm: Northeast Cleans Up After Deadly Nor'easter

Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northeast residents are cleaning up Sunday after a rare, strong storm blanketed the region with snow and rain, left more than 2 million without power and killed at least three people.

The October Nor'easter dumped record amounts of snow from New Jersey through New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts all declared states of emergency.

Meteorologist Bruce Sullivan from the National Weather Service said the weather system will be moving up the coast Sunday.

"It is expected to accelerate northeast fairly rapidly today towards Nova Scotia and Canada," he said on Sunday.

Sullivan said the last part of the storm will be hitting the East Coast with heavy snowfall and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour predicted.

"We still have to deal with a little bit of snow on the back side of this system this morning. Most of the effects will be felt in parts of eastern Maine," Sullivan said. "But the storm has actually created quite a bit of snow from Virginia, all the way up into the Northeast, with some snow totals as high as 2 feet across western Massachusetts."

An 84-year-old man in Pennsylvania died Saturday afternoon when a tree weighed down by snow fell on his home.

Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Douglas Benedetti said 84-year-old Charles Loder was napping on his recliner when the tree smashed through his house, killing him instantly.

"One of his daughters heard a tree fall in the back of the residence, that's where he resides, and she discovered him trapped in there," Benedetti said.

In Colchester, Conn., one person died in a traffic accident blamed on the snow, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

A 20-year-old man in Springfield, Mass., was electrocuted by a downed power line he stepped on after getting out of his car.

Parts of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts had more than 2 feet of snow by Saturday evening, with total accumulation expected to pile up more than 30 inches.

Newark-Liberty Airport had 3.8 inches, surpassing the previous high total for an October day of 0.3 inches on Oct. 20, 1952.

While coastal areas were soaked with frigid mixes of rain and snow, inland areas saw snow pile up as though it were midwinter.

By early Saturday evening, West Milford, N.J., saw 15.5 inches; Bristol, Conn., had 11 inches; and Plainfield, Mass., had 14.3 inches.

Parts of West Virginia also reported as much as three or four inches of snow accumulation.

"Kind of unbelievable that we've already gotten snow this year," Berkley, W.Va., resident Tyler Easterday said.

A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie said the heavy snow left approximately 600,000 homes and businesses without power.

"We expect the number is going to continue to go up before it goes back down," Christie said. "The problem is that there are trees just down everywhere because of the snow, the wet, heavy snow."

Approximately 125,000 customers were without power in Pennsylvania Saturday evening, according to First Energy spokesman Scott Surgeoner.

"We have about 6 to 8 inches where I live right now and it's the first time I can remember an October snow storm," he said. "Normally when you do get into winter, the leaves have left the trees or they're shed by the trees, that's not the case this time and that's what's causing most of our problems, if not all our problems."

There were more than 265,000 customers without power in New York State, more than 530,000 without power in Connecticut, more than 367,000 in the dark in Pennsylvania, more than 226,000 in Massachusetts and 61,000 in New Hampshire.

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