Mid-Atlantic, D.C. Braces for More Snow

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The nation's capitol and several Mid-Atlantic states are bracing for yet another round of snow on Tuesday.

Many people in the region spent Monday digging out after this weekend's storm. Now forecasters are predicting another 12 to 18 inches of the white stuff.

Approximately 1.8 million students were out of school on Monday in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, and many will be staying home again Tuesday along with 230,000 federal government employees.

The snow and ice has shut down the government for another day.

"If this snowstorm develops the way we think, by the time this winter is over, we will have had the most snow recorded in any winter in Washington, D.C. going back to the 1870's," said ABC affiliate meteorologist Doug Hill.

That would be a total of 54.5 inches of snowfall, a Washington weather record with a hefty price tag. Closing the federal government because of weather costs roughly $100 million in lost productivity a day.

Jim Paszkiewicz, a Minneapolis, Minn. resident, spent Monday digging out snow, only to spend Tuesday waiting and watching as he got snowed in again.

"It has been a long winter, it not only seems like it, but it has," Paszkiewicz said.

The weekend's heavy snow blanket covered seven states and affected more than 15 million people. It has also made travel nearly impossible on the ground and in the air. But not everyone is complaining.

"This is wonderful," said Minneapolis resident Andrea Winkler. "I enjoy the snow, I enjoy just the peacefulness of the nature out here, too, and just the quiet."

It has also been quiet inside for the thousands of people who have no power. And with even more snow falling, they could remain in the dark and in the cold for several more days.

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