WASHINGTON — Federal workers got a day off as the Mid-Atlantic region dug out Monday from as much as 3 feet of snow that left tens of thousands without power while making travel nearly impossible. And there's another storm brewing.

With more snow expected Tuesday into Wednesday — as much as a foot in some places — stranded travelers and the tens of thousands struggling with no electricity wondered when they would escape the icy, gray mess.

At Washington's Reagan National Airport, where flights had resumed after more than two days, people could count on one hand the number of planes that had actually taken off by noon. There were still more workers than travelers at airport counters, and most flights on departure screens said "canceled" or "delayed."

Joyce McCann of Washington arrived at 6 a.m. for a flight to Houston, a stop on the way to a Hawaiian vacation.

"Now they're saying tomorrow," she said. But she hadn't given up and was hoping to fly standby.

Delays and cancellations were also expected at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Dulles International Airport.

Federal agencies that employ 230,000 in Washington were closed, as were many local governments, businesses and school districts across the region.

The charming sight of cross-country skiers gliding down monument steps and people throwing snowballs had given way to images of people hunched over snow shovels or huddled next to fireplaces.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the region lost power during the storm, and utilities warned it could be days before electricity is restored to everyone.

The National Weather Service called the storm historic and reported a foot of snow in parts of Ohio and 2 feet or more in Washington, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia got closer to 3 feet.

Forecasters expect highs in the low- to mid-30s for the next few days, and sunshine Monday should help melt some of the snow before more arrives Tuesday, said weather service meteorologist Bryan Jackson.

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