For Mid-Atlantic, digging out remains a challenge

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The snow has stopped, but the challenges remain in the storm-socked Mid-Atlantic.

It could be days before all the streets are dug out and power is restored after a triple whammy of heavy snow, high winds and frigid conditions.

With parts of northern Virginia buried under 3 feet or more of snow, a state emergency management official says there's only so much that plows and snow blowers can do. All that snow is also making it hard for utility crews to work on downed power lines.

Officials warn that even roads that have been cleared could be icy, with temperatures this morning well below freezing.

Travel by rail and air is iffy, too. Washington's Reagan National Airport was still closed this morning, while limited flights have resumed at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

Most public transportation in Philadelphia has resumed, but in Pittsburgh, bus and light-rail service was suspended.

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Sound of snowblower

This is sound of a snowblower clearing deep snow from a sidewalk in Washington the day after the big blizzard.

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Sound of snow shoveling

This is sound of snow shoveling on a sidewalk in Washington the day after the big blizzard.

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Laura Southard

Virginia Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard says it will take days to get back to normal in Virginia.

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Laura Southard

Virginia Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard says snow plows and snow blowers are not enough to remove snow from the roads and sidewalks.

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Laura Southard

Virginia Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard says there are plenty of new records as far as snow totals go in Virginia.

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Roy Snyder, snowed-in Maryland resident

Maryland resident Roy Snyder says it was tough walking through 31 inches of snow in his yard to clear off critical areas.

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Roy Snyder, snowed-in Maryland resident

Howard County, Maryland, resident Roy Snyder says no one can drive down his street -- and even walking is difficult.

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: Cars are buried under snow on both sides of the road as a snow plow heads down East Capital Street in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, to clear roads after a blizzard.

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: As a plow passes by, John Ibrahim digs out his car at his home that has been without power since Friday night in Silver Spring, Md. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. A massive snow storm hit the region Friday and Saturday, dumping 2 feet of snow in some places. "At least if we clean off the cars we can get some heat and charge the cell phones," says Ibrahim.

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: Branches weighted with snow lie near the Marine Corp Memorial of Iwo Jima under morning sun in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, after a blizzard. Residents of the U.S. capital and nearby states are faced Sunday with the prospect of digging out of more than two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some areas.

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