HAGERSTOWN, Md. (March 6, 2013)--Residents in and around Washington, D.C. were bracing Wednesday for possible power outages, as a storm dumped some wet, heavy snow on the region.
Even before the worst of the snow arrived, the federal government announced that its offices in the Washington area would be closed Wednesday and major school systems were also shut down.
The storm was expected to dump 5 to 11 inches of snow in Washington and Baltimore by Wednesday night.
Officials said power outages were the biggest potential problem from the storm, which earlier dumped about 10 inches of snow on the Chicago area, causing more than 1,100 flights to be canceled at the city's two major airports.
Schools were closed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Jersey Shore, which is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, was preparing for another possible hit later Wednesday and Thursday.
The storm should produce both rain and snow, and possible flooding in areas where dunes were washed away.
Many damaged homes are still sitting open and exposed.
The area hardest-hit by Sandy could get up to 2 to 4 inches of snow.