Snow slams Chicago (video)

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The winter system will reach the nation’s capital Wednesday, bringing either rain or snow to the area before rolling off shore.

One weather model predicts that the snow won’t make it that far, said CNN Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera. Another says Washington, Philadelphia and Boston could see a foot of snow.

The D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, is prepared to deploy 4,000 trucks and snow plows, CNN’s Weather Center said.

The interstate highway connecting the capital with Philadelphia could see heavy snow, the weather service warned.

On Monday, snow was blamed for a 30-car accident on a Colorado highway. The weather service predicts that the same system will add itself to the winter weather in upper Midwest, boosting snowfall there, as the storm moves southeast.

The NWS has issued winter storm warnings and watches in its path.

Monday’s blizzard conditions in parts of Colorado proved to be a duel edged sword. In the ski resort of Vail, near the multi-car pile-up on Interstate 70, skiers should be able to enjoy replenished slopes under sunny skies Tuesday.

Parts of Kansas were paralyzed in February under a blanket of snow, but it brought needed moisture to drought regions in the nation’s bread basket.

CNN’s Carma Hassan and Greg Botelho contributed to this story

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