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Feds get 3 hour delayed arrival; DC Schools on 2 hour delay; DC Government Opening on Time

by Prince Of Petworth February 16, 2016 at 6:36 am 15 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Kristine Marsh

From Public Safety in DC:

“Winter storm openings: • DC Government will open on time • DCPS will open on 2 hour delay • Federal Government will open on 3 hour delay”

From WMATA:

“Metrobus operating normal service, Feb 16. Some routes on snow detour due to icy conditions.”

“Metrorail Regular service operating Tuesday, February 16”

From DC Homeland Security:

“Currently, roadways and sidewalks are a sheet of ice. Use extreme caution if you must be out and about.”

  • anonymous

    I don’t ever remember such a discrepancy between the feds and dc govt on cancellations/delays as this year.

    • Jayne

      I’m thinking the OPM is finally starting to realize there can be a big discrepancy between DC weather and DC metro area weather. In DC it’s just a rainy day, but someone who lives 50 miles away and has to leave at 5am for a driving commute could face treacherously icy conditions.

  • ***

    I couldn’t sleep well last night and I checked OPM at 3am and at 5am and both times it said “OPEN” with no delays or anything. When did this change?

    • MM

      OPM announced delay around 3:00 am

      • ***

        Weird. I checked – it said open. Doesn’t matter really – my office only follows OPM for closure, so delay doesn’t help me any other than to reduce traffic.

    • sproc

      The OPM iOS app notification appeared at 3:47AM on my phone.

      • FridayGirl

        Same. They have to announce by 4am.

  • say what

    I don’t know why DCPS and DC gov are always on different schedules. If its too hard for teachers and students to get to school, why is dc gov inssiting its other employees get to school on time. Its also very hard as a parent to have different schedules.

    • Truxton Thomas

      I agree. It seems like a terrible way to treat DC government employees with kids.

    • wdc

      Agreed, it’s a terrible move for an employer not to consider their people’s other priorities. Happier workers are more productive workers. Unhappy workers are short-term workers, and turnover is expensive and disruptive. Ergo, every move an employer makes to protect its employees’ morale actually serves the employer in the end. It ain’t rocket science. But still too complicated for DC gov’t, I guess.

    • MKDGman

      As DC Government employees, our job is to serve the residents of the District of Columbia. The needs of the residents of the District don’t go away because of bad weather. Keeping DC Government open is a high priority of the Mayor (and for most previous mayors) –and NO, I don’t work in the mayor’s office 🙂

      • CapitolHill Resident

        As a DC resident and DC government employee, I am truly upset and saddened by the mayor’s actions. She is pushing a political agenda before the needs of safety for the district and it’s citizens. She should be ashamed.

  • AMDCer

    Not complaining, but what’s with the 3-hour delay stuff this year? I don’t recall them ever using that in the past, always 1 or 2-hour delays.

    • Jayne

      I was wondering that too. Maybe because people’s commuting times keep getting longer?

  • Reality

    I enjoyed my commute this morning without the rowdy (and sometimes dangerous) DCPS kids all over the Metro.

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