Travelers wait for rides at Union Station Wednesday night. (Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post)

Here’s what you need to know this morning: As predicted, it snowed a lot overnight. Pretty much everything is closed. The city is under a snow emergency, so if you parked on a major thoroughfare, don’t expect to see your car anytime soon. No word on any snowball fights yet, but there’s already a developing sled shortage. Now, with snow likely to turn to sleet and rain as the day progresses, attention turns to the clean-up, with campaign-season pressure on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to show he’s in control of the most significant snowfall of his three-year mayoral tenure.

In other news (including Wednesday’s):

Marion Barry is back in the hospital but insists he will be out soon (PostWRC-TVLoose Lips)

Is the MPD gay liaison unit essentially defunct? (Blade)

MPD among agencies criticized for not directly cooperating with federal background checks (Post)

The D.C. Council apparently thinks its independent ethics board is getting too independent (Loose Lips)

Phil Mendelson defends code-of-conduct clarifications (Post letter)

Five things you probably don’t know about Tommy Wells (Post)

Jack Evans thinks his rivals are juking their campaign finance reports (Loose Lips)

Anacostians differ on fate of crumbling “Big K” houses  (Post)

Did Michael Brown wear a wire for the feds? (WRC-TV)

D.C. Tax Revision Commission issues final report (WaTimesWRC-TVDCTRC)

Liberal tax reform group has mixed feelings about the recommendations (Citizens for Tax Justice)

DDOT says Hopscotch Bridge will have to be rebuilt just years after it was torn up for streetcar work (WAMU-FM)

Time to ditch New Communities as we know it? (Capital Business)

Why, yes, the white mayoral candidates have black supporters! (Blade)

Mark Plotkin slices mayoral candidates’ “Achilles heels” at Ward 3 forum (DofD)

No mayoral candidate goes on record supporting loosened parking requirements (GGW)

But many support making it harder to derail liquor license applications (Blade)

Wells gets kudos for moving on “ban the box” (Informer)

Activist Dennis Bass says long record on LGBT issues is why he’s supporting Jack Evans for mayor (Blade)

Eric Jones, still a Democrat, explores independent at-large council run (Loose Lips)

Stein Club endorses unopposed Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mary Cheh (Blade)

Anita Bonds gets SEIU at-large nod (Informer)

The Peter Rosenstein prescription for D.C. election reform (Blade)

More DCPS students are taking Advanced Placement tests, but pass rates lag (WAMU-FMAP)

Why an application-only Dunbar High would create as many problems as it would solve (GGW)

How Hardy Middle School parents hired a part-time librarian and resurrected the school’s library (Current via Dish)

Alaska senator, former Anchorage mayor thinks he knows a thing or two about snow removal (Roll Call)

Microwave oven fire closed Moultrie Courthouse for a day (PostNLJ)

Construction will actually begin on Southwest Waterfront this year (UrbanTurf)

Two boats caught fire along Anacostia waterfront (Post)

Why the sensitive renovation of the Northeast library is a rousing success (GGW)

Co-ops are a major way to preserve affordable housing (Elevation DC)

Grocery delivery service won’t deliver east of the Anacostia (DCist)

Three new visions for Franklin Park (GGW)

Common sense comes late in handling of street-sweeping ticket appeal (WTOP)

Doesn’t sound like Hill East redevelopment plans are expanding anytime soon (Capitol Hill Corner)

Norton pitches Frederick Douglass bicentennial commission (DCist)

David Grosso hosts poetry event at Wilson Building (DCist)

Nationals Park gets permit to build new replay room (WBJ)

There will be a second Union Kitchen, in Ivy City (WBJ)

Fancy shoes, fancy bags coming to CityCenter (WBJ)

How Cleveland Park’s Park & Shop changed everything (GGW)