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Winter That Doesn't End: Federal Government, Schools Closed

Metro looks quite a bit icier than normal, but is operating on a normal weekday schedule.
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Metro looks quite a bit icier than normal, but is operating on a normal weekday schedule.

Winter does not officially end until this Wednesday, and just to remind us that it's not spring yet, another snow storm has dumped as much as 6 inches of snow on the D.C. area Sunday night into Monday morning.

Federal government offices are closed Monday, with agencies operating on telework procedures. Many school districts, including those in D.C., Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties are closed for the day. Check out the full list with our partners at NBC Washington.

Metrorail is operating on a normal schedule, and MetroAccess is restricted as well. Metrobus started the day on a "severe" snow service plan, which means they have been sticking to safe routes on main thoroughfares. At 11 a.m., they are switching over to a "moderate" snow service plan, which will see buses returning to normal routes with detours to avoid narrow side streets and hilly terrain.

Those traveling to or from the area may also hit a snag. All the runways at Reagan National were closed in the early morning hours, but they reopened the main runway at 9 a.m. Nearly 150 flights have been canceled as of 10 a.m., according to FlightAware.com. Just three runways are open at nearby Dulles International Airport. Travellers are urged to contact their airline for more specifics.

Temperatures are frigid, in the upper 20s in the early morning hours and reaching highs in the lower 30s on Monday.

The winter storm warning will remain in effect through 2 p.m. Monday at the earliest and snow is expected to fall until at least 8 a.m.

The District Snow Team went into full deployment at 8 p.m. Sunday, with 200 plows out on the streets by 10 p.m. Roads remain treacherous, however, and drivers are encouraged to stay home if possible.

“Here we go again, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We encourage everyone to be aware of road conditions and take the necessary precautions as they travel, whether on foot or by motor vehicle.”

This winter has already seen 23.1 inches of snow on the ground even before this storm, according to NBC Washington, well above the average of 15 inches.

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