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Young people make 'snow angels' in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington early Thursday. A brutal winter blast that slugged the South is bearing down on the Northeast — already dropping more than 8 inches of snow in Washington and Philadelphia with fierce winds gusting more than 30 miles per hour. Areas outside of D.C. and Baltimore were slammed with at least a foot of snow overnight.

Snow falls in front of U.S. Capitol early Thursday.JONATHAN ERNST / Reuters
A cross country skier braves the cold and snow near the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. Federal Government offices were closed for the day.JIM BOURG / Reuters