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One more time: East Coast braces for snow, sleet, misery

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Monday, March 3, 2014 - 8:00am

Will somebody please push the reset button on the winter of 2014?

Yet another big storm is barreling down on the Mid-Atlantic states, bringing snow, sleet and disruption to winter-weary Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, not to mention frigid temperatures to the Midwest and Great Plains.

The federal government has already decided to close offices Monday in Washington, which expects rain, ice and 8-12 inches of snow. Congress postponed Monday business until Tuesday.

Public school systems from Dallas to Philadelphia canceled Monday classes. Washington city offices and Delaware state government offices will be closed Monday.

Two weather-related auto fatalities occurred. In Arkansas, a man was killed when he lost control of his SUV Sunday during snowy weather and struck a retaining wall, the Arkansas State Police reported. In Oklahoma, a pedestrian was killed Saturday during freezing rain, the state's highway patrol reported.

Power outages were reported in Arkansas (14,000), Nashville (9,500), Memphis (20,000) and Missouri (360).

This is the third major storm of the winter and people are fed up.

"I can't believe it's March and it's still snowing," Betsy St. John, from Brunswick, Maryland, told CNN affiliate WHAG. "I'm ready for spring."

Air traffic is affected as well as the highways. Flightaware.com is reporting about 2,000 flight cancellations for Monday with the heaviest impacts to Reagan National, Philadelphia International, LaGuardia, BWI, and JFK.

This storm is a national event that started out dumping rain on California,causing dangerous mudslides. It then moved east and delivered dangerous weather to places unfazed by typical winters.

Extremely low temperatures will hit the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes again. Highs from the single digits to the low 20s are expected from Montana eastward to New England and subzero lows are likely for the Dakotas and the Upper Midwest. A dusting of snow has already fallen on Indianapolis.

The South will be cool but won't see much snow. There will be a slight risk of severe thunderstorms bearing damaging winds, a few isolated tornadoes and possibly large hail. People in Atlanta will feel temperatures in the 50s -- a big drop from the high around 70 on Sunday.

The string of winter storms left many jurisdictions around the country low on road clearing supplies.

In New Albany, Indiana, where salt is now in short supply, the city has shifted to a product called "IMIX," which combines natural sand and calcium chloride, CNN affiliate WAVE reported.

In Virginia, the state DOT has already exceeded its $10 million snow removal budget by $3.4 million, CNN affiliate WRIC reported Sunday. Rhode Island got a new shipment of salt right before the storm, reported WPRI, a CNN affiliate.

Folks like Mariedith Poquiz of Frederick, Mareyland, can't wait for the weather to warm up.

"I'm ready to break out my spring clothes," she told WHAG. "I'm tired of the winter."

-- CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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