A winter storm is sparing the nation's capital from heavy snows seen elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic states.
The National Weather Service says a few inches of snow could fall in Washington and Baltimore through Wednesday afternoon. That's down from predictions as high as 10 inches earlier in the day.
The inch or two that fell Wednesday morning in Washington was enough to shut down much of the city. Federal offices were closed, and commuter trains were canceled or ran on abbreviated schedules.
But most of the snow melted as soon as it hit city streets.
The Smithsonian Institution museums on the National Mall remained open for visitors, but the National Zoo was closed.
At the monuments and memorials, the National Park Service closed its ranger stations.
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