The season's first major snow storm to blast large parts of the South struck the nation's capital this morning, then headed up the winter-weary East Coast.
After weeks of snow in the Northeast, the mid-February storm raked several Southern states on Monday, when many schools and business were closed for Presidents Day.
By this morning, it had moved into the Mid-Atlantic states, prompting the federal government to close Washington-area offices to most workers.
About 7 inches of snow fell on Washington, D.C.
Boston –- which has been slammed with historic snowfall totals during the past month –- will get a reprieve this storm, with just about 1 inch expected later today. Cape Cod could get as much as four inches.
Up to three inches of sleet was reported in Tennessee.
A colder air mass is lurking behind the storm, with record lows possible Thursday and Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.