Featured image: 15th Street NW at 7:15 am this morning.
Due to winter storm warning in effect until 3 am Thursday — along with the current weather of wet snow, rain and wind — the U.S. Government, D.C. Government, D.C. Public Library and D.C. Public Schools are all closed today. In addition, universities in DC are mostly closed today.
Tonight’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F meeting has been postponed and is rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 13.
- Looking for more information on what is closed, what’s delayed and what events have been cancelled? WTOP Radio’s website is a great source of information on weather closings (DC listings are toward the bottom of the page). You can also get more information at the District Snow Team page.
- From DC Alert on the storm warning: “The National Weather Service reports that the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 3AM Thursday morning. NWS anticipates wet snow throughout the day and into tonight. Expect heavy snow at periods throughout Wednesday and tapering off Wednesday night. NWS expects snow accumulations from 5 to 9 inches during the warning period with Northeast winds from 20 to 24 MPH. Expect wind gusts up to 35 MPH Wednesday afternoon and night.”
- From DC Alert on the federal government: “Office of Personnel Management Decision: FEDERAL OFFICES ARE CLOSED for Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Emergency and Telework-Ready Employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.”
- From the D.C. Government website: “The District of Columbia government will be closed on Wednesday, March 6 due to the inclement weather that is expected in the DC Metro area. District of Columbia Public Schools are also closed for students and school staff. View snow.dc.gov for more information.”
The next time you have guests coming into town, Lauren Levine isn’t the only one who can help you show them a good time in DC – the federal government may be able to lend a hand, as well.
The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public forum on Wednesday, February 20, to present draft polices for the updated Federal Visitors & Commemoration Element for the Comprehensive Plan. The policies are being revised to highlight the federal government’s role in supporting the visitor experience in the District.
Sustainability and various forms of transportation for visitors to the city and region are a few elements featured in the revised plan. Memorial planning and preservation is also included.
The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street NW, Suite 500, and is open to the public. For more information, visit the NCPC website.
Hurricane Sandy is closing in on DC, and the city is preparing itself for the worst. As of this evening, the Federal Government, the DC Government and all Metro service has been suspended for Monday, October 29, in anticipation of the storm. According to a statement from Mayor Gray’s office, Metro service will only be restored when it is safe to do so. Following the storm, Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities.
The weather and transportation closures will make it especially hard for commuters to get to work Monday morning, with bad road conditions expected. Additionally, Capital Bikeshare announced that it will be closing temporarily starting at 1 am Monday morning. According to an email alert, the system will reopen when weather conditions allow.
Streetsweeping has been suspended through Wednesday. There is no parking enforcement tomorrow. In addition, the DC Department of Transportation has generators in place at major intersections. If power is disrupted, traffic signals will continue to work, and DDOT traffic control officers will be deployed to direct traffic where necessary.
All throughout the weekend, DC residents and employees were busy preparing for Hurricane Sandy. The city’s grocery stores were wiped clear of bottled water and other essentials, and the city placed sandbags in areas where flooding could be problematic. In this year’s past storms, flooding has been a problem in the Borderstan area.
According to The Washington Post, DC is expected to experience 4-7″ of rain and a long period of sustained winds above 35 mph, with peak gusts of more than 60 mph from Hurricane Sandy.
According to WTOP, several locations in DC have opened as shelters ahead of Hurricane Sandy, including:
- Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue NE
- Bald Eagle Recreation Center, 100 Joliet Street SW
- Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue NW
- Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW
- Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW
- Deenwood Community Center, 1350 49th Street NE
For information on closings, delays and weather, check WTOP’s website for the latest listings.
Update: The Federal government is also planning to let workers leave four hours early today.
For now, federal government workers in the DC area may take unscheduled leave tomorrow. That’s for now.