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The big dig-out

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Mid-Atlantic is digging out from the huge snowstorm that dumped record amounts in some areas, including 3 feet of snow in western Maryland.

Washington, D.C., got a lot of attention for its 20 inches, but it was Philadelphia among the major cities that got really socked. Philly's airport reported more than 26 inches, setting a record and virtually bringing the town to a halt.

In Washington, there were more people than cars in the streets. Skiers were seen using the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a slope.

The inevitable result of such a big, heavy snowfall was thousands of accidents and downed limbs, and some half-million people without power. Some of those affected worry the power won't be back in time for Sunday's Super Bowl.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The nation's capital is buried under a heavy blanket of snow, and few people can drive because their cars, as well as the roads, are buried.

Across much of the mid-Atlantic region, the snow has been falling too fast for crews to clear it, and it's weighing down trees and power lines. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power from West Virginia to New Jersey.

In West Virginia, some 400 National Guard troops have been helping with snow removal.

Airlines have canceled flights and Amtrak and commuter trains ground to a halt.

In many places, the snow is close to 2 feet deep.

The conditions even made it difficult for President Barack Obama to travel a few blocks to speak at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting. Before the motorcade left the White House, there was a small fender bender on the south lawn. Then on the way back, a tree branch cracked and fell on one of the vehicles in the motorcade.

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