Feds and DC Government on a 2 Hour Delayed Opening – Snow Emergency to be Lifted at 9:30am

Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Friday, March 6th the Government of the District of Columbia will open with a two-hour delay.

The District’s snow emergency will be lifted at 9:30 a.m.

Trash Pick-Up
The DC Department of Public Works will attempt to pick up trash and recycling today. If trash and recycling pick-up is discontinued because of conditions, residents are asked to hold onto their items until their next collection day.”

From Alert DC:

“The Office of Personnel Management reports that Federal Agencies in the Washington, DC area are open under 2 hour delayed arrival and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.”

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  • This was announced after 4:30am. To me they need to have a deadline because I have coworkers who are up and on their way in at that time (live in BFE Virginia). It’s just too late IMO. 2am should be the cut off or something.

    • To be fair though, that’s their own choice to live in BFE Virginia. 430am is plenty early. 2am is way too early to see how the weather will be shaping up for rush hour. This is more art than science.

      • Accountering

        Very true on the choice of where to live. You choose to live in Dumfries, and there are benefits and consequences to that choice.

      • Oh, my definite first reaction is “your choice, bro” but then I realize it’s not really THAT much of a choice for many people who can’t afford to live close in, especially if they have kids and need a little more room or a reliable schooling option. My coworkers don’t fall in to that category (they just want 4,000 sq foot homes), but I know MANY people who do (priced out of DC, live further out).

        • What drives people to the exurbs is the endless desire for modern open-concept living spaces and the idea that every kid needs a finished basement and a huge backyard in order to thrive. I’d take a small home with an old kitchen and having to walk the kids to the park over a big house and a miserable commute any day. But that’s just me.

  • I only have my neighborhood of Columbia Heights to judge by, but the roads seem awful – the worst of any storm this winter. They don’t seem treated or plowed at all.

    • I live in Capitol Hill and our roads weren’t great either. The street I live on did not look treated or plowed. I am in agreement that the roads seemed worse than any other storm so far.

    • It seems like roads in DC are never pre-treated for storms. Perhaps it is budget reasons, or lack of equipment, but pre-treating can go a long way to stopping ice and making them more passable

  • Live on the Hill and have to walk a mile to wok. Will probably be takin unscheduled leave today. Pretty upset that OPM places me in this position. This area just can’t handle situations like this in a timely manner. Given the number of sidewalks that are never shoveled, sometimes we can’t handle this type of weather at all!!

  • I’m not sure OPM’s decision was a good one. It was a serious pain to get to work this morning. I live in Southwest Waterfront, and the roads around me were solid ice. I usually take a bus to get to work (option 1), but it wasn’t running, so I decided to drive (option 2) since with the feds having a 2-hour delay I’d have no problem finding parking. I’m from a state that gets a lot of snow in the winter and never shuts down; I should be able to handle a little icy driving, right? Gave up digging my car out after 10 minutes when it became clear there was absolutely no way it was going anywhere with the solid wall of ice it would have to go over from the small mountain left by the plow. Luckily I only live a few blocks from a Metro station, so on to option 3. The roads are practically summer driving compared to the treacherous icy hell that is sidewalks. Took forever to reach the metro station because I had to take tiny, flat-footed steps to remain upright and with all body parts intact.

    And I had it easy because I live in the dense urban area that is well serviced by public transportation and am not that far from work. My condolences to anyone driving to or from the suburbs.

    • maxwell smart

      I’d like to point out that they don’t have snow days in New York and the sidewalks are just as bad.

      • There’s also not one large single employer. Many go by the school district.

        • maxwell smart

          That is some of it, but it’s also that for whatever reason, DC in general seems to always be surprised when it snows – as if it doesn’t snow every year – and then scrambles to figure out how to deal with it. The money in lost manpower shutting down the city has to be offset with long-term snow removal planning and equipment. I mean, look, I love a snow day as much as the next guy but I’m also continually shocked at how little snow is required to completely cripple the entire city’s infrastructure.

    • SW here too. The ice was insane! I was going to try to go to work but I took a bad slip and fall on a sheet of ice I didn’t see. Ouch! Telework it was.

      I realize that OPM gets a lot of criticism if they make bad weather calls, but today was a classic day where even though the snow was over, the aftermath hadn’t begun to be addressed.

  • Many of the urban areas that handle winter well are able to implement alternate side parking rules (odd side of street on odd numbered days, even side on even numbered), to allow them to actually clear the snow. Of course, this would lead to outrage in DC, but at the very least, they could make the street sweeping parking restrictions year-round, and use the winter days to ensure that the snow is actually cleared.

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