The Washington area is about to get smacked with its second major snowstorm this winter. Forecasters are predicting snow to begin around midday tomorrow, and it’s expected to get worse as the day goes on, eventually accumulating 16 to 24 inches.
The Office of Personnel Management just declared that anyone who can’t make it in tomorrow can take unscheduled leave. Emergency employees are still expected to show up. FedLine’s crack meteorological team (which is pretty much just me checking the National Weather Service’s Web site) will keep you posted on the federal government’s operating status over the next few days.
NWS is forecasting near-blizzard conditions and says this storm could be about as bad as the Dec. 19 storm, which closed the federal government for the first time in nearly seven years. Each snow day costs the government about $102 million, OPM Director John Berry said last December.