D.C. federal offices to remain open despite chance of snow

January 17, 2013
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Federal offices will remain open Thursday despite weather forecasts showing a high probability of snow — albeit probably not enough for a serious blanketing.

The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement Wednesday evening, noting that employees will have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisors of their intent to use unscheduled leave or telework, according to the OPM. Subject to applicable collective-bargaining requirements, they will have the option to use the following:

1.) Earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours or sick leave
2.) Leave without pay
3.) A flexible-work-schedule day off or rearranged work hours under flexible work schedules

The OPM said telework-ready employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisors of their intent to perform unsheduled telework must be prepared to telework for the entire workday or take unscheduled leave, or use a combination of both.

Those conditions are also subject to applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Emergency employees must report to their worksites on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies, the OPM said.

Forecasters say precipitation is expected Thursday from late morning through early-to-mid evening. The Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicted, “we think just some conversational flakes to a couple inches is most likely, more south and southwest of town and less to the north.”

The forecast calls for temperatures around 40 degrees at 4 a.m., dropping to 38 degrees by 8 a.m., with a 90 percent chance of snow at about 11 a.m.

The probability of snow drops to 40 percent at about 8 p.m., but temperatures are also expected to dip to their low around then, likely falling to 34 degrees by 9 p.m.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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