Federal offices closed in Washington, DC due to winter storm


(The hill) – Federal offices in Washington, DC closed Monday due to a winter storm that was expected to bring between four and eight inches of snow to the nation’s capital.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announcement Sunday evening that all federal offices in Washington, DC would be closed the following day.

Despite the closure of federal offices in Washington, emergency employees must still report to work at their place of employment unless instructed otherwise by their agencies, according to the OPM. Similarly, participants in the telecommuting program are expected to work, with small acceptable exceptions.

The White House also announced that the daily press briefing would be canceled on Monday due to winter weather.

The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang raised its snowfall forecast Monday morning to 4 to 8 inches from 3 to 6 inches the previous day.

The heaviest snowfall is expected between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eastern Time, according to the Post.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has released a winter storm warning for the Baltimore/Washington, DC area early Monday morning, which will remain in effect until 4 p.m. ET. The agency predicts total snow accumulations between 5 and 10 inches.

Some congressional lawmakers are expected to return to Washington, DC on Monday after winter recess. The Senate is still expected to meet at noon despite the winter storm.

The House, however, is not in session on Monday.


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