Federal offices in the D.C. area will be closed on Wednesday because of snow, according to a notice from the federal government’s human-resources department.

The Office of Personnel Management said early Wednesday morning that federal facilities in the region would be closed and that telework-ready employees should follow their agency’s policies on telework.

Emergency workers are expected to report to their worksites unless otherwise directed by their agencies, OPM said.

The notice marks the first full-day closing of federal offices in the D.C. region this year.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a winter storm warning for between midnight on Wednesday and 3 a.m. on Thursday morning due to what is expected to be the most severe snow event in more than two years.

The Post’s Capital Weather Gang had forecasted 5-10 inches of snow will accumulate in D.C. and just east of town and that 6-12 inches will fall in the western suburbs.

OPM said non-emergency employees, including employees on pre-approved paid leave, would be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:

1.) Required to telework

2.) On official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area

3.) On leave without pay, or

4.) On an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off

Tele-work ready employees who are scheduled to perform telework Wednesday or who are required to perform telework on a day when Federal offices are closed must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, according to OPM.

The deep spending cuts known as the sequester, which took effect last week, have not affected the federal government’s near-term ability to forecast severe weather events, according to an article in Wednesday’s Washington Post.


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