Late winter storm - Mar 6th, 2013 - National

— Hundreds of airline flights along the projected path of a late snow are being canceled, and residents are getting prepared for a storm that's already left up to 10 inches in Chicago.

Forecasters say Washington D.C. could get 3 to 7 inches and western Maryland could see 16 inches by tonight.

The federal government says its offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed today as the nation's gets its first big snowfall of the winter.

The Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency employees of the federal government will be granted excused absences today.

Forecasters were predicting as much as 10 inches of snow for Washington, with more predicted for the suburbs north and west of the district.

Airlines along the storm's projected path have cut hundreds of flights, most of them at Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Washington area.