By Jarrett Renshaw and Brendan O’Brien
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A winter storm unleashed heavy snow and strong winds throughout much of the U.S. Southeast and mid-Atlantic on Monday, forcing federal offices and schools to close, grounding airplanes and knocking out power for thousands of people.
Forecasts called for 4-8 inches (12-25 cm) of snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour (64 km per hour) in the region’s first blizzard of the season, according to the National Weather Service. Severe weather warnings were issued from the Carolinas to New Jersey.
As of 4 p.m., the National Weather Service reported that 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) of snow fell in…