The Latest: Washington federal offices to be closed Tuesday

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Posted: Jan 25, 2016 10:46 PM
The Latest: Washington federal offices to be closed Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Federal offices in the Washington area will stay closed another day as the capital recovers from a storm that dumped about 2 feet of snow on the city.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said Monday night that offices will be closed Tuesday, but emergency and telework-ready employees should follow their agencies' policies.

Federal government offices in the area have been closed since shutting down at noon Friday ahead of the storm.

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6:45 p.m.

Students in Philadelphia, Baltimore and the District of Columbia will get a second consecutive snow day as officials said schools will be closed in those cities again on Tuesday.

Officials also say government offices in the District of Columbia and Baltimore will reopen Tuesday.

Four Smithsonian museums will open Tuesday for the first time since they closed Friday at noon for the weekend snowstorm.

A spokeswoman says the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum will be open for their regular hours.

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2 p.m.

Fliers are continuing to face delays and cancelations in the aftermath of a massive weekend blizzard that slammed into the eastern U.S.

More than 2,500 flights were delayed or canceled Monday. That's an improvement from Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, estimates of the storm's economic impact are tame. Ryan Sweet and Adam Kamins, economists at Moody's Analytics, peg the lost economic output at about $2.5 billion to $3 billion. That's relatively small in the context of a $16 trillion economy.

The figure represents lost income for hourly workers and spending that was skipped. It does not include the cost of damage to roads or other infrastructure.

At least 37 people were killed in the storm. It dumped more than 20 inches on the East Coast — and 42 inches in one West Virginia town.

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Noon

The District of Columbia will be seeking funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for cleanup from the snow storm.

City officials made the announcement Monday at a press conference.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city will be "dealing with snow all of this week." Bowser says that since the snow stopped, officials have worked to make major roadways clear. She says she hopes that city government offices and schools, which were closed Monday, will re-open Tuesday, but no decisions have been made.

Officials say they are getting some help from outside the city. District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Director Christopher Geldart says the city is getting a snow melter from Indiana, as well as equipment from Connecticut.

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10:45 a.m.

Washington's Metro is resuming limited rail and bus service, and the rides are free for the day.

Rail service re-opened at 7 a.m. Monday with limited underground service on the red, orange and green lines. Metro said that as of 11 a.m. it intended to restore some above ground service on segments of the red, orange and green lines. That was to include all but one station in the District of Columbia.

Metro says trains are running every 20 to 25 minutes and that may be upgraded as conditions allow. Trains will run until midnight.

Bus service was scheduled to start at noon and run until 5 p.m. Monday on some two dozen routes.

Both rail and bus service did not operate Saturday

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9:30 a.m.

South Dakota and North Dakota enjoyed a relatively balmy weekend, yet some students from those states got caught up in the paralyzing blizzard that hit much of the East Coast.

More than 250 students had gone to Washington, D.C., for an anti-abortion rally on Friday. On their return trip, several buses carrying the students got stuck for as long as 22 hours on Pennsylvania highways, which were clogged with snow and vehicles.

Dan Specht, who chaperoned students from Yankton, told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper: "You could see 30 vehicles in front of us and about 100 vehicles behind us," said Dan Specht, who chaperoned students from Yankton, told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper.

Other students were from Sioux Falls and Aberdeen in South Dakota and Fargo, Minot, Dickinson and Bismarck in North Dakota. Students from the University of Mary in Bismarck also were stranded.

Students found various ways to spend the time, including singing, conversing, playing games and celebrating Mass outdoors.

Some of the students were to return home late Sunday, while others were expected to be on the road into Monday.

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8:30 a.m.

The mid-Atlantic region is working to return to normal after a crushing blizzard.

Officials continue to ask people to stay off roads as the cleanup continues Monday. Maryland officials say many major highways have at least one lane clear.

Schools and government offices are closed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Monday. Federal offices in the Washington region are also closed. Delaware State offices are opening at 10 a.m.

Reagan National Airport tweeted that it saw its first flights Monday. Dulles International Airport expects to resume flights Monday. Flights resumed at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport on Sunday.

Metrorail started limited service for free Monday morning after shutting down for the entire weekend. Amtrak is offering modified service between Boston and Washington, with reduced service into Virginia.

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7:45 a.m.

Officials are beginning to assess the beach erosion and flood damage caused by a major nor'easter snowstorm that churned the surf and caused tides to swell in southern New Jersey.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin on Monday plan to visit the Ortley Beach section of Toms River, the Holgate section of Long Beach Township, Stone Harbor and North Wildwood.

Many homes were flooded on North Wildwood's west side. Cape May, Stone Harbor and Ocean City saw record flooding.

Harvey Cedars police are warning people about a significant dune drop off at 68th Street. Parts of a bulkhead were damaged along the South Inlet section of Atlantic City.

Gov. Chris Christie said the flooding wasn't as bad as it could have been.

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7:20 a.m.

Gov. Jack Markell has lifted Delaware's state of emergency and driving warning.

State offices will open at 10 a.m. Monday. Officials say the two-hour delay will keep more people off the roads during morning rush as cleanup efforts continue.

State transportation officials say primary roads are clear and secondary roads are passable, with a minor amount of snow or ice. They say many subdivision streets have yet to be plowed, but they expect that that work to start Monday.

DART plans to operate regular service with some exceptions.

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7:15 a.m.

Pennsylvanians are digging out from the major snowstorm that crippled a stretch of the turnpike and finding many offices and schools closed.

The Capitol complex in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia and Reading state office buildings are closed Monday for non-essential employees.

Many schools are closed because crews are still clearing local roads.

Motorists are advised to be cautious because of slick spots, especially on exit ramps. Commuters who ride buses can expect delays along snow-covered streets.

Forecasters say 31.9 inches fell in Allentown, breaking the 1996 two-day snowfall record of 25.6 inches.

There was 22.4 inches in Philadelphia, matching the average snowfall for the season.

A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh reopened Sunday, days after more than 500 vehicles were stranded.

Officials apologized and are investigating what went wrong.

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7 a.m.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City says partial train service has been restored on the Long Island Rail Road.

Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Huntington branches are running with express trains making local stops until they're filled.

Diesel train service is restored in diesel territory on the Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson branches between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and west of Speonk on the Montauk branch.

Service remains suspected on the Port Washington, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches and east of Speonk on the Montauk branch.

There is no service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal. Those tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on the 2 and 3 trains between Brooklyn and Penn Station.

New York City subways, buses and Metro-North Railroad service have been restored.

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6:15 a.m.

New Jersey Transit has resumed regular weekday rail service after a major snowstorm shut the system down.

Rail, light rail and Access Link services are operational Monday with the exception of the Gladstone Branch, where buses are running between Gladstone and Summit.

Bus passengers can expect delays due to local road conditions.

NJ Transit is cross-honoring system-wide.

PATH trains are running. But there is no PATH service between Newark and Journal Square. NJ Transit is cross-honoring.

Amtrak is operating on a modified schedule.