A snow plow clears the area around the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2014.
Susan Walsh—AP
March 17, 2014 9:09 AM EDT

Washington, D.C. is getting what it surely hopes is the last taste of winter on Monday, with just three days to go until the official start of spring.

The nation’s capital got 5-10 inches of snow overnight. Schools were closed Monday and and federal government workers also got to stay home. The National Zoo was also closed.

Meanwhile, much of the East Coast was facing another blast of cold temperatures after a warmer weekend, with winter warnings in effect from North Carolina to southern New Jersey.

Write to Charlotte Alter at charlotte.alter@time.com.

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