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Brrr! Blizzard Of 2010 Buries D.C., Much Of Mid-Atlantic

In Baltimore, Blue and owner Jim Arnold were enjoying the snow earlier today. Gail Burton/AP hide caption

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There's no other word to use:


Many of us here in the mid-Atlantic and west to the Ohio Valley are waking up this morning to a couple feet of fresh snow. The Associated Press writes that "officials urged people to huddle at home for the weekend, out of the way of crews trying to keep up with a storm that forecasters said could be the biggest for the nation's capital in modern history."

According to The Washington Post, "the full weight of winter brought life in much of the Washington region to a standstill Saturday as a storm predicted to be one of the most powerful on record dumped 12 to 21 inches of snow overnight."

As Frank wrote last evening, there are folks planning to have some fun in all this snow. Some big snowball fights are planned in D.C. today.

Unfortunately, as is always the case in events such as this, there are serious problems.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that:

Virginia State Police report this morning that they've responded to 1,101 vehicle wrecks involving property damage statewide since yesterday. Ninety-five wrecks involving personal injuries have been reported statewide. In the State Police division that includes the Richmond region, there have been 233 wrecks and 21 involving injuries. Statewide, the agency has responded to nearly 3,000 dispatched calls.

The Post says "police reported two fatalities — a father and son hit by a tractor-trailer in Virginia when they stopped to help a stranded motorist."

WRC-TV in Washington says at least 80,000 customers in Maryland don't have power right now and more than 50,000 in Virginia are also in the dark.

No one should be out except in cases of emergency. According to the Baltimore Sun, "Maryland is under a state of emergency today as a winter storm forecasters described as 'extremely dangerous' spread across the area with potentially record-breaking snow totals and gale-force winds."

The Weather Channel says the "punishing winter storm will continue to blast an area from the eastern Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic coast today."

We hope that if you're in the way of this storm that you're inside safe and warm. Feel free to share your stories in the comments thread.

And for those who were with us yesterday when I started this slide show, here's how the snow has accumulated in my backyard:

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: As you'll see in the two shots I just added to the photo slideshow, I think we may be nearing the end of the storm — at least here.