East Coast Braces for Heavy Snow Storm

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WASHINGTON — One of the largest winter storms the Mid-Atlantic region has seen in decades swept into Washington and Baltimore on Friday, grounding flights, closing schools and government offices, and sending residents racing to stock up on groceries and rock salt before the snow accumulated to what are expected to be record-setting depths.

“Tonight into Saturday morning will be about as dangerous as winter weather can get around here,” said Christopher Strong of the National Weather Service’s Baltimore-Washington office.

He added in an e-mail alert that travel conditions would be “extremely dangerous and life-threatening,” and recommended that people in the region stay off the roads and out of the way of plowing crews and emergency vehicles.

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