Snowstorm leaves half a million without power in Maryland and Virginia

White House in the snow
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A snowstorm struck the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping up to 12 inches of snow on Maryland and Virginia and leaving 500,000 people in the greater D.C. area without power, The Washington Post reports.

Snow began falling Sunday night, prompting federal agencies, Smithsonian museums, and schools to close. For many districts, Monday had been scheduled to be the first day of classes after winter break.

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