WASHINGTON — Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping. Schools and offices closed, and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.
Snow and freezing rain were forecast from Baltimore to Washington, causing headaches for the region. Forecasters say temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits in much of the region early Tuesday morning
In New Jersey nearly 6 inches of snow fell in some areas. That could make it the state’s eighth snowiest winter in the last 120 years.
Snow covered a layer of ice in the nation’s capital Monday, and a blustery wind stung the faces of those who ventured outside. Officials still warned people to stay off treacherous roads — a refrain that has become familiar to residents in the Midwest, East, and even Deep South this year.
The governors of Virginia and Tennessee declared states of emergency as snow threatened to make a mess of roads. In Tennessee, more than 61,000 customers were without power Monday.
Virginia State Police troopers responded to more than 300 traffic accidents across the state between 12:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday, with about half occurring in the Richmond area. About 600 customers were without power, according to Dominion Virginia Power.
In North Carolina, northeastern counties were expecting up to 2 inches of snow.
More than 2,700 flights in the United States were canceled as of Monday afternoon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, but ‘‘flight cancellations are stacking up all the way from the D.C. area on up to New England,’’ said Daniel Baker of FlightAware.
A farmer in Gilman, Minn., created a towering tribute to winter’s excess. Greg Novak said it took hundreds of hours to build a 50-foot snowman named ‘‘Granddaddy’’ that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums.