DC feds can take leave, telework to avoid snow Thursday


The Washington area is likely to be hit by a snowstorm tomorrow. It’s unclear how bad it might be — we may see 1 to 3 inches of accumulation, but the National Weather Service thinks it may top 5 inches.

The Office of Personnel Management just announced that, as of now, federal offices in the Washington area will still open Thursday. But employees who want to avoid the storm — and the nasty evening rush hour it is likely to bring — can take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Check back in with FedLine for updates on the government’s operating status.


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  1. That is right, you Candy’s take leave. You DC employees get too many extra days off the rest of do not get just because you are in DC. You DC folks think you are gonna melt everytime a little rain, wind or snow comes your way. OMG, 1 inch, 3 inch , gasp even 5 inches! oh dear what shall you do? Here in the north country of Michigan we get snow every year and LOTS of it and we still come to work. And if you want to stay home, then take leave!

  2. That much snow may not be a big deal to you blonblue, but it is to the National Capital Region. I lived and worked there for only 6 months, but we had a major snow storm in early 2010 there. I’m sure you drive just about everywhere in north Michigan, right? Well it’s an apples to oranges comparison. They rely heavily on the mass transit system (primarily rail), and those trains and metro line can’t run with snow on the tracks. It essentially shuts the whole place down.

  3. NorthCountryCandy on

    If you were told that your commute home, lets say 10 miles or so, would take six hours, would you take leave, stay home or just work from home? Few years a heavy snow storm hit at around 3 p.m. I remember that the commute for westbound Route 66 travelers went from 5p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning. No joke. You ever consider moving to DC and serve as an example for all of us candies?

  4. Blonblue,
    Have you ever driven in DC during a snow storm?

    Those people are absolutely clueless when it comes to foul weather driving. Given a lot of workers live hours away (on a good commute day) due to the high living costs of the area, there’s a good chance that during a snow storm, they would never either arrive at the office or at home, depending on which way they were headed when the snow hit.
    Out here, we’re used to 120 degree summers. Tell me how your office in Northern MI would fare in such a heat wave. Would you all go to work knowing your office can’t be cooled to less than 88 degrees?

    That’s a typical mid afternoon indoor temp in my neck of the woods.

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