It’s Official – Feds, DC Government Offices Closed Thurs. Due to Snow

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From the Office of the Mayor:

“The District of Columbia government will be closed on Thursday, February 13, 2014, due to inclement weather in the Washington metropolitan area. D.C. Public Schools will also be closed. A snow emergency remains in effect.”

From OPM:

“Washington, DC, Area

Applies to: February 13, 2014
Status: Federal Offices are Closed – Emergency and Telework-ready Employees Must Follow Their Agency’s Policies

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.”


“The Metrorail system will open at 5 a.m. with service expected to run on or close to a regular weekday schedule as long as conditions permit. Service levels may be reduced later in the day due to expected low ridership and deteriorating weather conditions. During the morning rush hour, an effort will be made to run trains about every 6-10 minutes on all lines.

IMPORTANT: High snowfall conditions in aboveground sections of track can result in snow and ice interacting with the electrified third rail. If conditions develop where areas of snow reach 8 inches near the third rail, it may be necessary to suspend service above ground.

Metrobus service will start Thursday on Severe Snow Emergency Routing, meaning SERVICE WILL BE LIMITED ONLY TO MAJOR ARTERIES. Click here for a list of routes that are expected to operate. Buses will operate less freqently than normal, and riders should expect the possibility of delays and detours.”

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  • Anyone know if WMATA gives any lead time before aboveground Metro closure?

  • Come on five day weekend, come on five day weekend!

    • What are the odds of the government closing Friday as well? I am guessing a two-hour delay, but I guess I can hope.

  • Awesome – Now I can watch the hockey game and don’t have to call out “sick.”

    USA! USA! USA!

  • Does this mean the mail won’t be delivered today? Argh.

    • “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
      I got mail throughout all of the Snowmageddon storms. Some may be delayed in transit (e.g. anything routed through Atlanta!) but I’d be really surprised if local carriers don’t deliver what they have today.

      • All through Snowmageddon? This is why I love the postal service so.

        • And this is why we should protect it from the godless savages in Congress who are trying to destroy it, in spite of their Constitutional duties.*
          *funded by UPS and FedEx, of course

          • Seriously, this issue gets me riled up – their mandate to pre-fund retirement heathcare is insanity. The USPS is an AMAZING service – for less than 50 cents they’ll pick up a letter from your house (or the street box or the post office — so many options!) and deliver it to someone else’s house (even on Saturday!) in a couple of days. 50 cents!! What else can you get for less than 50 cents?
            I know everyone is going to jump in with a story about a lost letter, but really, those are so few.

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