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Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2003
'It Looks More Like Siberia' Than East Coast
By Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
BETHESDA, Md. -- A quiet beauty reigned in the nation's capital Tuesday as federal workers stayed home, recovering from a snowstorm that meteorologists said left more than 2 feet in some Washington suburbs and tons of snow across the Northeast.
Snow covered the monuments and shuttered the Smithsonian Institution. Major roads and sidewalks in downtown Washington had been cleared down to the pavement, thanks to a herculean effort by overnight road crews who left 4-foot piles standing like huge snow cones in the gutters. The Metro subway system slowed to waits of 30 minutes or longer for a train, instead of the usual five minutes or so....