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(NEW YORK) — The bitter blast is returning and this time, it could be around for a while.

Snow started to fall across the Midwest Tuesday morning, as much as 6 inches in some towns.  That total could rise to nearly a foot by late morning.

Meteorologists expect the storm system to reemerge off the coast of Virginia, blowing into a significant coastal storm for the East Coast — bringing heavy snowfall and bitter cold from Virginia to New England.

The snow should start falling in most areas between 10 a.m. and noon.  Major cities from Richmond, Va., north to Portland, Maine are forecast to get at least half a foot of snow, with snowfall totals topping a foot in some areas.  Additionally, areas close to the coastline should expect near-blizzard conditions Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

The storm threat caused the federal government to close offices in the Washington, D.C. area on Tuesday.  As of 5 a.m., nearly 2,000 U.S. flights have also been cancelled as a result, according to FlightAware.com.

The worst conditions are expected Tuesday night, when temperatures could fall into the single digits.

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