Federal Employees Given OK to Leave Ahead of Snow

Early predictions say 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall today.

As snow moved toward the Washington, D.C., area Wednesday morning, federal workers were given the option of leaving early from work with unscheduled leave to prepare for the accumulation and get ahead of the afternoon commute.

Alerts from Fairfax and Arlington counties said federal workers could use annual leave, earned timed off or credit hours, leave without pay or telecommute to prepare for the weather. Essential and emergency employees should report to work as usual, the alerts said.

The early notification is part of Office of Personnel Management's efforts to give more time for workers to make decisions about how they'll deal with potential weather emergencies, the Washington Post reported.

Snow estimates range from a half-inch to up to 3 inches in areas north and west of the district, the Capital Weather Gang is predicting.

The snow will start in the westernmost suburbs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and move east, with the heaviest accumulation occurring between 3 and 7 p.m.

Check Patch throughout the day for weather, road and traffic updates.

C February 08, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Does anyone find it ridiculous that the federal government did this in the first place? It's ridiuculous that a few snow flakes fall and everyone needs to go home. Grow up people!!
Kim February 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
You know, this just gives government workers the right to take personal leave without advance planning. They still have to use their leave time. And if you are concerned about the weather and want to take your kids out of school, you have the right to do that at any time.
Amelie Krikorian February 09, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Not if you're a teacher. I was just pointing out how ridiculous it was that the weather was going to be bad enough for people to be concerned about getting home, yet little kids riding in school buses - with no safety belts or snow tires or four wheel drive - are OK to get home, even out on county roads.
Groovis Maximus February 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
For OPM purposes, the Washington DC area includes all the way west to Jefferson County, WV, north to Baltimore and Fredrick County, south to Spotsylvania County and east to Calvert County. It's a pretty large area with varying weather-related problems. So - while it may be tempting to immediately start insulting Federal employees when OPM decides that flexibility is necessary due to potential weather conditions, maybe you could take a breath and think about the fact that not all Federal buildings are located in DC or Arlington.
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