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BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore will receive federal disaster funds for a December snowstorm that dumped more than 20 inches on the city.

Baltimore wasn't included in President Barack Obama's initial disaster declaration for Maryland. Emergency management director Robert Maloney says that's because the city couldn't show it had received record or near-record snowfall.

But Maloney says city officials persuaded the National Weather Service to look at additional measurements because snow totals varied around Baltimore. While the initial measurement was 19 inches, the revised total was anywhere from 21 to 23 inches.That put Baltimore over the hump to get $2.25 million in federal funding.

The city is also expecting at least $7 million for the back-to-back blizzards that paralyzed the region in February.

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