Another blast of arctic air follows latest snow

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A blast of arctic air has sent temperatures into the single digits today in some parts of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

Airports in Baltimore and near Washington, DC have seen record-low temperatures for the month of March. It got down to four degrees this morning at Baltimore's airport, breaking a record set in 1873. Dulles International Airport outside Washington saw a reading of one degree below zero, tying the record for the month set in 1993. It was a second straight day of record lows for the two airports.

Schools and government offices along the East Coast are closed again today, or have delayed opening. A half-foot of new snow is on the ground in some spots. And for now, at least, it isn't going to be melting.

Forecasters say there's been a return of the "polar vortex" -- in which the jet stream is bringing cold air down from the extreme northern latitudes.

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APPHOTO NYML110: A woman is bundled up against the cold, Monday, March 3, 2014 in New York. Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures starting to plummet from the Mid-Atlantic states up to the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (3 Mar 2014)

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