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Live updates: Winter storm hits East Coast

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Snow falls in front of the U.S. Capitol building on February 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The east coast was hit with a winter snow storm with the Washington area expecting up to 8 inches of snow before it ends.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Snow falls in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Feb. 13, 2014. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A winter storm dropped several inches of snow around Washington overnight. The winter weather continues Thursday, with the storm expected impacting Washington and spots all along the East Coast. We’re bringing you the latest updates here.

(For the latest forecasts, head to the Capital Weather Gang’s liveblog.)

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Metro: Normal rail service opens, bus service suspended

The Metro rail system opened at 5 a.m., with the transit system aiming for normal weekday service this morning. Metrobus service has been suspended, however, owing to the conditions on the region’s roads.

Metro said it will run trains every six to 10 minutes during the morning rush. But Metro warned that snowfall of eight inches near the electrified third rail could result in above-ground service being suspended. As a result, trains would stop servicing about half of Metro’s 86 rail stations.

In addition, even if service at these stations isn’t halted, trains may not operate as often later in the day due to the weather and predicted low ridership.

Metro had announced Wednesday that MetroAccess, which serves riders with disabilities, would not operate on Thursday.

Mark Berman
February 13, 5:11 am
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D.C. Circulator suspends service

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February 13, 5:13 am
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MARC, VRE cancel service

The Maryland Transit Administration has canceled all MARC service for Thursday. Similarly, the Virginia Railway Express will not operate any trains.

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February 13, 5:32 am
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Scope of the storm

Here’s a good look at just how much of the country is being affected by the storm, with the impact stretching from Louisiana to Maine:

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February 13, 5:37 am
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Thousands of flights canceled

epa04072253 Icicles are seen on a bridge over a highway leading into downtown Atlanta during a severe winter storm in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 12 February 2014. Ice and snow coming to the metro Atlanta area is expected to make travel treacherous and cut electricity to thousands of customers.  EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

A highway leading into downtown Atlanta on Wednesday is empty, as a severe winter storm cut down on travel and canceled scores of flights. (Erik S. Lesser/EPA)

The winter weather pummeling most of the East Coast is having the expected effect on air travel. More than 4,400 flights had already canceled by 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, with more than half of them at the airports around New York and Washington.

That already eclipses the 3,400 flight cancellations on Wednesday, largely centered in southern states hit by an ice storm. Atlanta, which had more than 1,600 flights canceled on Wednesday, has also had more than 770 flights halted Thursday.

As the storm moves north, so do the cancellations and problems for travelers. There have been more than 1,100 flights halted in the Washington area: More than 580 flights at Reagan National Airport, 380 flights at Dulles International Airport and 220 flights at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.

In New York, more than 1,200 flights were canceled at Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. And another 770 flights in Philadelphia have also been nixed.

Mark Berman
February 13, 5:52 am
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Many reporting snowfall of 8-11 inches

The Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow reports:

The snow, which has fallen heavily since around 1 a.m., continues to pile up very quickly just west of I-95 where the sleet transition has not occurred. We are seeing many reports of totals in the 8-11 inch range, with up to several hours of heavy snow to go (the farther west you are) – falling at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour.

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February 13, 6:07 am
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Sleet and freezing rain in downtown D.C.

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February 13, 6:10 am
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Capital Bikeshare closed

Capital Bikeshare will be closed “until further notice,” the bike-sharing system tweeted moments ago.

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February 13, 6:13 am
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Power outages continue in the South

Traffic along Independence Boulevard near Hawthorne Lane crawls along the slick roadway as a winter storm hits   Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Davie Hinshaw) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY

Traffic along Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Davie Hinshaw)

While the storm has moved north, many problems are lingering in southern states that were battered by ice on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports on the issues in Atlanta, the Carolinas and elsewhere:

Drivers in and around Raleigh, N.C., became snarled Wednesday in huge traffic jams and abandoned cars in scenes reminiscent of motorist woes in Atlanta during a storm two weeks earlier. In Atlanta, many streets were eerily quiet this storm, with drivers heeding dire warnings to stay off the roads. State troopers say they worked more than 200 crashes in Georgia…

For some on slick, snow-covered interstates in North Carolina, commutes that should take minutes lasted hours after many got on the highways just as soon as snow and sleet began at midday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power on Thursday. Georgia Power’s outage map showed that more than 215,000 people lacked power as of 6:20 a.m., while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that another 129,000 members of Georgia’s electronic membership cooperatives were also without power. There are reportedly more than 230,000 outages in South Carolina.

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February 13, 6:27 am
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Photos: Snow falling around Washington

Young people make 'snow angel' shapes in the snow in front of the Lincoln Memorial as a heavy snow storm hits Washington D.C. on February 13, 2014. The eastern US, in the grips of one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, braced for what forecasters warned could be the worst broadside yet -- a massive storm with the season's heaviest snowfall. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Making snow angels in front of the Lincoln Memorial. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Images from around Washington as people prepared for and reacted to the snowfall.

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February 13, 6:44 am
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