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The frigid overnight temperatures and expected snow during the late rush hour prompted the Office of Personnel Management to delay the opening of the federal government in the Washington, D.C. area by two hours.
Weather forecasters expect snow to move out between 8 or 9 a.m. Thursday in the D.C area. Light snow started falling in parts of central Virginia and southern Maryland Wednesday night, the National Weather Service tweeted, and conditions along and east of Interstate 95 are expected to heavily affect Thursday morning’s commute.
OPM also is letting federal employees telework or take unscheduled leave should the weather further east of downtown Washington make it difficult to get to the office.
Several school systems in the D.C. area also are delaying their opening for two hours until after the late rush hour snow.
Other federal offices along the East Coast are making similar decisions.
The Federal Executive Board is recommending that federal offices in Baltimore, Maryland open and offer employees unscheduled telework or leave.
In Philadelphia, the FEB is recommending federal offices open and offer employees unschedule leave or telework as well.
In Boston, the FEB is recommending federal office close altogether as several inches of snow is expected to fall in New England.
OPM encouraged federal employees in the Washington metro area to download the OPM Alert mobile app, which lists the current and active operating status and sends push notifications to inform users of any changes.