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Washington Snow Grounds Flights, Shuts Government Offices

Washington Snow Grounds Flights, Shuts Government Offices
A machine removes snow in front of the Department of Agriculture in Washington on March 17, 2014. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

March 17 (Bloomberg) -- A late winter snow storm that grounded hundreds of flights and closed government offices in Washington will end by midday after bringing as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) to the nation’s capital.

The heaviest snow is probably over in Washington, said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. The region may get another inch through 2 p.m. local time today.

“It has been a decent storm out there,” Carolan said. “It should be winding down fairly quickly this morning.”

Across the U.S., 532 flights were canceled as of 7:50 a.m., with the majority of those going to or leaving from Washingon’s Reagan National Airport, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking company.

Winter storm warnings and weather advisories stretched from Kentucky to southern New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.

The Washington Dulles International Airport recorded 6.6 inches of snow yesterday, the most ever for March 16, the weather service said. Baltimore reported 6 inches and parts of western Maryland has as much as 11 inches, Carolan said.

Government offices in Washington are closed, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s website.

Power Interruptions

From Florida to New Jersey, 7,447 homes and businesses were without power, with most of those in and around Charleston, West Virginia, according to utility reports compiled by Bloomberg.

Snow won’t be an issue in New York, Carolan said. A few flurries may break out during the day without accumulating. Trenton and Philadelphia may get 3 inches before the storm ends, the weather service said.

Colder air will hold sway along the East Coast through tomorrow before becoming milder later this week, Carolan said.

The high temperature in New York will reach into the 50s by March 20. In Washington it is expected to be 63 (17 Celsius) on March 21, the weather service said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net Bill Banker

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