Snowbound Mid-Atlantic Gets Set For A New Round

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As the mid-Atlantic tried to dig itself out of a record-setting blizzard, a second weather system lumbered toward it, promising to dump more snow this week.

As the mid-Atlantic tried to dig itself out of a record-setting blizzard, a second weather system lumbered toward it, promising to dump more snow this week.

Federal workers in Washington, with the exception of emergency employees, were asked to stay home Monday. Students in some schools in the nation's capital also got a snow day.

Many residents who spent the weekend gleefully making snowmen and hurling snowballs grumbled as they painfully shoveled hip-high snow from driveways Sunday.

"The streets are pretty well covered," Kingsley Barrito said about his subdivision in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

"No cars coming in or out of here. Hopefully everyone in the community has enough supplies to last them for a little while, because it doesn't look like we're going anywhere anytime soon," Barrito said Sunday in a post he submitted to iReport, a CNN Web site that allows people to submit posts, pictures and videos.

Crews worked around the clock to clear roads and repair power lines, warning that it might take days to restore electricity to some customers from Pennsylvania to Virginia.

A record 32.4 inches of snow fell on Washington's Dulles International Airport over two days, breaking a January 7-8, 1996, record of 23.2 inches.

The airport reopened to limited service Sunday, but asked travelers not to arrive at the airport without confirmed flights.

Reagan National Airport is expected to remain closed until later in the day Monday.

Amtrak canceled several trains Sunday after downed trees and power lines fell on its tracks, the company said. Dozens of Greyhound routes in mid-Atlantic states also were canceled, the company said on its Web site. And officials across the region advised drivers to stay off slick roads.

Making matters worse, a new weather system loomed overhead, the National Weather Service said.

As early as Tuesday, it is expected to bring more than 5 inches of snow, and winds up to 25 mph, in the Washington and Baltimore, Maryland, region.

"Everybody's just trying to clean up and get a little bit ahead of the game before the next round comes," said Michelle Timberlake who lives on a farm in Boyce, Virginia, about two hours west of Washington.

The interior designer found herself running through a mountain of snow when about 40 cows escaped from the pasture on her husband's farm in search of food and shelter.

"This was not what I imagined for myself," she said Sunday, laughing about the experience.

Source : http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/02/08/winter.weather/?hpt=T2