Snow forecast is reduced

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Forecasters are downgrading their outlook for the storm that's brought snow to parts of the East Coast and the Appalachians. They're now calling for snowfall totals of one to three inches on the Eastern Seaboard.

Today's storm followed a stronger-than-expected burst of winter weather on Sunday that left several inches of snow in Philadelphia and in northern Delaware and Maryland.

Today, snow and ice prompted officials at the Philadelphia airport to temporarily keep departing flights on the ground. Motorists across New Jersey have been slowed by the weather.

In Washington, snow was falling at daybreak, but traffic problems failed to materialize as many workers stayed home. Non-emergency federal employees were granted an excused absence, and others were told to telecommute.

Public schools are closed today in Washington, Philadelphia, and parts of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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160-a-04-(Sarah Grace Caler, five-year-old, in AP interview)-"in the sled"-Five-year-old Sarah Grace Caler of Bowie, Maryland can't wait to play in the falling snow. ((cut used in wrap)) (10 Dec 2013)

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159-w-33-(Matt Small, AP correspondent, with five-year-old Sarah Grace Caler)--Kids all over the Mid-Atlantic region are excited about the big flakes falling from the sky. AP correspondent Matt Small spoke with one of them. ((opens with actuality)) (10 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO MDPS101: A light snow falls as Stephen Topping walks his dog, Bud, in a park overlooking the Baltimore skyline, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Residents along the East Coast and in the Appalachians woke up to snow Tuesday and government workers and students in the DC area were told to stay home as the region saw a round of snow that came just a few days after some parts already got several inches. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (10 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCO110: Snow gathers on the Korean War Memorial statues in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. The region is expected to receive accumulations of three to five inches. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (10 Dec 2013)

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