Federal government offices and most local government offices will be open today, with liberal leave policies in effect for employes, who are urged to use car pools or public transportation to get to work.

Schools will be closed in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and in Fairfax and Arlington counties and in Alexandria in Virginia.

The Metro subway system will not operate this morning. Officials said there is a slight chance it will run this afternoon. Metro expects to operate about 90 percent of its buses during the morning rush hour, mostly on main roads, but not on uncleared side streets.

Amtrak expects to restore full intercity rail passenger service today.

All three major airports in the Washington area -- National, Dulles and Baltimore-Washingyon International -- will be open.

Trailways and Greyhound bus lines expect to restore their local commuter service.

In the District of Columbia, trash collections will be made today on a Monday schedule. Pickups will be made from the fronts of houses, but not from alleys. Tuesday collections will be made on Thursday.

Trash pickups will be made in Alexandria one day behind the normal schedules. No pickups will be made today in Arlington. Schedules for other suburban jurisdictions could not be determined.

The U.S. Senate will convene at noon and the House of Representatives at 3 p.m.

Maryland and Virginia state government offices will be open.

The U.S. District Courts in Washington and Alexandria will be open.

All branches of the District of Columbia local court system will be open.

Courts will be open in Fairfax and Arlington counties, but although court offices will be open in Prince George's County, no trials will be held there.

Classes at the University of Maryland at College Park will resume at 10 a.m. today. Parking space was reported limited and commuters were urged to use carpools.

Classes at George Washington University will resume at noon today. Staff members are to report at normal times. Georgetown University's main campus and law center will be closed. Only essential employes are expected.

Classes at Howard University will resume at noon.

Georgetown's medical center will be open and classes in the medical and dental schools will be held.

No classes will be held at the University of the District of Columbia. Administrative personnel are expected to report.

American and Catholic universities will remain closed.

The D.C. Board of Elections has extended from 5 p.m. yesterday to 5 p.m. Thursday the deadline for filing to run in the special election May 1 for two vacant city council seats.

Jule M. Sugarman, deputy director of the federal Office of Personnel Management said federal emploues "are expected to be at work" today under a "Condition 2" program.

Those who cannot report can take annual leave, and those who are delayed may be placed on administrative leave, he said.

Although Alexandria schools will be closed, administrative and maintenance workers are expected to report. School emergency and custodial workers are expected to work in Prince George's.