Government shutdown continues into second day

More than 230,000 federal employees in the National Capital Region stayed home for a second day Tuesday as Washington and the surrounding area tried to dig out of the record-breaking storm that dumped more than two feet of snow over the weekend.

Taxi drivers collected a $100 “snow fare” over the standard rate for anyone who needed to get to the region’s airports and Washingtonians braced for even more snow bearing down on the area.

“I’m done with city, urban snow life,” Washington resident Chis Vaughan told The Associated Press. Vaughan managed to avoid the “snow fare” by bribing a friend with a bottle of wine in exchange for a trip to the airport.

With streets snow covered and the subway running on a limited schedule, residents found it difficult to get out to grocery stores to replenish food and staples.

Even drivers with four-wheel drive vehicles found the going difficult and roads often impassable.

Jeff Patmore in Falls Church said neighbors helped him dig out his Jeep.

“I thought my car could do anything,” he said. “I was wrong.”


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