All federal, state and local government offices in the Washington area will be closed today, Christmas Day, except those that provide emergency or essential services. Tomorrow, only Maryland state and suburban county offices in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, and local Virginia offices in Alexandria and Arlington will be open. All other U.S., state and local offices will be closed.

All area schools are closed today and will remain closed on winter break until after the new year begins.

Trash will not be collected in the metropolitan area today and pickup schedules during the rest of the week will vary by jurisdiction. In Arlington and Fairfax counties, collections will resume tomorrow and run as normally scheduled the rest of the week.

No trash will be collected tomorrow in Falls Church and pickups there will be made next week on regular schedules. Thursday and Friday collections in Alexandria and District of Columbia were made yesterday.

Thursday trash pickup in Prince George's and Montgomery counties will be made on Monday. Supercan Thursday and Friday collections in D.C. will be made tomorrow.

Banks and most area stores will be closed today, but will open tomorrow. Liquor stores in Virginia and Montgomery County will be closed today, but will be open tomorrow. District of Columbia and Prince George's County stores are not required to close on Christmas, but many will be closed.

Mail deliveries will be made tomorrow and Saturday.

Metrobus and Metrorail will operate on a Sunday schedule today and on a Saturday schedule tomorrow. Weekday traffic regulations in Washington will not be in effect today, but will be enforced tomorrow. Weekday parking restrictions will not be in effect either today or tomorrow.