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The Daily Need

Photo: Snow day? Snow way!

Murphy, a snow-loving dog, inspects the new snow that blanketed her Pennington, N.J., yard overnight. Photo: Lisa Lewis

Residents in the Northeast are digging themselves out again this morning. More than a foot of new snow fell overnight in some places, and New York’s Central Park recorded 19 inches of new snow, bringing the total for January to a record-breaking 36 inches. Facebook status updates abound with photos of snow-covered cars and gleeful announcements of where the sledding will be taking place because public school kids in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia woke up to find they’d been granted a snow day.

New York City offices were closed and bus service was suspended. Downed power lines in Washington, D.C., left thousands without power, and snow-slicked roads disrupted even President Obama’s travel schedule, as Marine One was grounded and his motorcade got stuck in traffic. There is more snow in the forecast for tomorrow.

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