Schools, DC and Federal Government Closed Today Due to Coming Snow, 3-7 Inches Expected by 3pm

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From OPM:

“FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.”

From EOM:

“The District of Columbia Government will be closed on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, due to inclement weather in the DC Metro area. Due to the anticipated inclement weather predicted to hit the DC area this morning, DCPS Schools and administrative offices are closed today, Tuesday, December 10. Students and teachers do not need to report to school. All after school programs, athletic events and evening programs are cancelled as well. Central staff should not report. Today’s forecast calls for Snow, mainly before 3pm. High near 32. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.”

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  • Do you know whether regular parking meters are being enforced today?

  • crap, i’m already at work. i’m doing it wrong!

  • justinbc

    We aren’t allowed to take closures, but at least I get the pleasure of working from home.

  • Does this mean libraries are closed too?

  • It’s funny. I grew up in Connecticut and now I get more snow days as an adult than I did as a kid!

    • We’re getting more snow days than when I was a kid in California. Being an adult is waaay better than I thought it was going to be.

    • Sparta

      I grew up in Colorado. Had one snow day in 12 years of parochial school ed. Public schools closed more often.

  • Yeah, I grew up in Ohio and remember standing outside in snow so thick, we couldn’t see the school bus until it was half a block away. But then, the roads were always cleared and salted before you woke up and people knew how to drive. So.

    • And the density of vehicles on the road was far, far less than here I’m assuming. That’s really the crux of why we get snow days so readily– VA and MD (mostly VA) do not have sufficient transit infrastructure to support a normal commuting day, so if you throw in a few weather-related accidents things turn ugly very quickly.

      • Yeah not to mention that commuting nightmare that happened a few years ago where it took people 12 hours to go a few miles and they were literally abandoning their cars on highways etc. After that fiasco the “shelter in place” rule was enacted hence why we get weather related closures so easily.

        • gotryit

          There are times to call a snow day / ice day, but today doesn’t seem right. The temperature has been above freezing, so anything falling isn’t sticking.
          I’m more worried about tomorrow, where we’ll have accumulation above freezing today (therefore melting), followed by temperatures dropping into the mid-20s (solid freezing) straight through the morning commute.

          • I don’t recall it being cold enough for anything to stick during the aforementioned commuting fiasco in 2011 (then again, it’s kind of hard to tell when you’re stuck on 395 for 8 hours). Still, it’s snowing pretty heavily now and areas north and west of here have been getting hit harder.

          • justinbc

            The problem isn’t always DC itself. It’s the fact that many people commute from far outside of DC where the temperature can vary 5-10 degrees.

          • gotryit

            I think that the issue there was that it was sticking and accumulating fast _during_ the commute home. So the plows couldn’t clear the road because of the traffic.

          • I guess. On 395 at least the gridlocked traffic did a great job of keeping the road warm enough to prevent accumulation. :)

          • They also have to make the call based on the forecast hours ahead of time rather than the current conditions, and err on the side of caution after that series of fustercluck commutes a couple of winters ago. But yeah, tomorrow could be ugly, too.

        • It was not so much the snow but the ice on the roads that was the issue in 2011 (?)

  • We’re required to telework at my agency, sadly.

  • working from home! hurray! but seriously still recovering from being sick this weekend so this snow disruption is much appreciated

  • Are post offices open?

  • Dear People from the North: Welcome to the South.
    Dear People from the South: Welcome to the North.

  • I need to get stuff done, and this snow is a joke when I walk / metro, so I’m here anyway. But I’m glad this makes it easier for people who drive 2 hours in every day so that they can pay less for their house.
    .
    Looking forward to going home early to play with the kids outside when the snow is still fresh.

    • Everyone I work with drives 2 hours or more to get to work, while I have a 20-minute walk, so I look like a wimp if I decide to work from home on days like this.

    • I live in DC and commute to the outer suburbs. I bought my house 3 jobs ago. Things happen, people’s lives don’t always make it possible to live exactly as you think they should.

      • but understanding that would make it harder to judge others and feel good about yourself.

      • I’m not judging your choices – I’m just questioning why we should accomodate them. You choose whether or not to move, but if you’re having a hard time making it to work at times, that’s your problem.
        Work is work – how you get there is your business.

        • no,, that’s judgement.
          pretty plainly.

        • You can’t really expect everyone in the metro area to live within walking distance of work or public transit. The suburbs weren’t designed that way, and the city can’t accommodate everyone in the region even if they did all want to live here.

          • Plus a ton of jobs are moving to the outer suburbs. If you want to live in the city but have a STEM career you almost have no choice but to have a grueling car commute. It’s not always about having a cheaper house.

          • Also, shockingly, you can live in a house with 2 people who have jobs in totally different places which means one of you will have to commute. Unless I should also get a divorce as well as sell my house so as not to inconvenience others.

          • Your commute is your problem – not mine. But when you shut down the government because you can’t get in, now you’re delaying my work. It’s not like my deadlines get moved out.

          • “Your commute is your problem – not mine. But when you shut down the government because you can’t get in, now you’re delaying my work. It’s not like my deadlines get moved out.”
            .
            Um, it’s not like Colhi or the various Anonymouses were able to personally decide whether the government would be open today.
            .
            And applying your own unsympathetic perspective to your own situation results in this: “Your work is being delayed? Hey, your problem — not mine.”

          • Look, I’m not saying it doesn’t feel crappy to have to walk/Metro into work in the cold and the slush, when lots of other people are staying home, but…come on. First of all, it’s just one day; everything will be back to normal tomorrow. Second, it’s not the commuters who are “shutting down the government,” it’s OPM making a judgment call based on numerous factors, I assume chief of which is the safety and efficiency of people being able to get to work and home from work (no matter how far away they live or their means of transit)–and it is just not feasible or practical for a federal workforce of hundreds of thousands of people to ALL live within easy or safe walking/transit distance to work. (I’m probably one of the biggest cheerleaders out there for density and transit and close-in, smaller apartment/house-living, but that’s the reality.) As for the “not my problem” mentality…well, unfortunately that just comes with the territory of working with other people. There are all kinds of things that temporarily affect my work and my ability to communicate with colleagues–whether it’s a co-worker snowed in, a co-worker out sick, a co-worker home with a sick kid, and so on–that are technically “not my problem.” Likewise, things that are not my colleagues’ problems cause me to occasionally take a day off and no doubt impact their workflow temporarily. It just is what it is, and we deal with it as best we can.

          • +1,000. I’m sick of hearing people on both sides whine about the weather.

          • OK, fair points – so I’m just whining. It still seems inefficient for the federal government to not get work done because of this.

          • justinbc

            Many government workers are still working. This is why they issue laptops.

          • not in my office

        • I have to say that my colleagues with insane commutes rarely if ever complain about them, and don’t even mention them very often. I’m actually surprised at how infrequently it comes up and how they never invoke the commuting card when scheduling meetings, etc.

          • You’re fortunate to work with folks who accept their community as their responsibility. I work with folks who live as far out as Winchester, MD. If it’s Monday and bad weather is forcast for Friday, they announce every day that they are not going to be in the office and that the office should be closed anyway.

            It happens every time. They want the office to close so they don’t have to use their PTO. My god, it’s annoying.

      • I lived 12 miles outside of DC for three years while saving up for a downpayment in the city, and simply accepted that I would be stuck in a car for 3 hours a day. But it’s still frustrating. A 12-mile drive should not take 1.5 hours on a good day. Northern Virginia pours so much money into the state, but the people in Richmond that control the money don’t want to spend it on transit infrastructure up here.

    • If it makes you feel any better, they still have a 2-hour commute every day, so unfortunate exceptions like snow days aside, you still come out ahead on quality of life, on average (and I’ve done a 2-hour commute, so I know how crappy it can be).

    • The shutdowns are also meant to prevent liability for companies and schools. There’s a lot more to it. They can get sued if you slip while working and break your hip. Also, building maintenance workers that lock and unlock buildings may not be able to make it in to work, so it’s best to shut the business or department down in bad weather.

  • FYI, DPW says on FB that they’re only enforcing rush hour parking today. Not RPP or other time limits.

  • I live on U Street and can take Metro to the office easily, but I’d much rather work from home in my PJs and with music on in the background. I’ve already had two meetings canceled, so this is all just gravy for me. I’m looking to get a TON of work off my plate today :)

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