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A pedestrian walks up Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest near the White House in Washington on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Schools, businesses and the federal government closed in anticipation of a snowstorm that could blanket the region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Photo by: Pablo Martinez Monsivais
A pedestrian walks up Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest near the White House in Washington on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Schools, businesses and the federal government closed in anticipation of a snowstorm that could blanket the region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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