Winter Storm Warning Closes DC Area Offices

Federal offices in the Washington, DC area are closed on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 due to a winter storm warning.

Federal government offices in the Washington, DC area are closed today, January 16, 2024, due to a winter storm warning bringing snowfall to the region.

According to the Office of Personnel Management, federal offices in the Washington, DC area are closed with maximum telework in effect. Telework and remote work federal employees are expected to work, but non-telework employees will generally be granted weather and safety leave. Emergency employees are expected to work unless directed otherwise.

Washington, DC Area

Applies to Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Status: Office Closure

Federal Offices in the Washington, DC area are Closed. Maximum Telework is in effect.

Telework Employees are expected to work. Generally, telework employees may not receive weather and safety leave.

Remote Workers are expected to work. Generally, remote workers may not receive weather and safety leave.

Non-Telework Employees generally will be granted weather and safety leave for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. However, weather and safety leave will not be granted to employees who are on official travel outside of the duty station or on an Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) day off or other non-workday.

Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

Employees on Preapproved Leave (paid or unpaid) or other paid time off generally should continue to be charged leave or other paid time off and should not receive weather and safety leave.

(Posted on January 15, 2024 at 10:46 PM)

Winter Storm Warning

As of Tuesday morning, a winter storm warning is in effect until 10 AM EST.

According to the National Weather Service, 4-6 inches of snow in the Washington, DC area is possible.

The alert from the National Weather Service states:


WHAT…Heavy snow, possibly changing to light freezing rain or freezing drizzle along the Interstate 95 corridor toward morning. Total snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

WHERE…Portions of central Maryland, The District of Columbia and northern Virginia.

WHEN…Until 10 AM EST Tuesday.

IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Tuesday morning commute.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow intensity should gradually taper off through the remainder of the night.

According to NBC Washington, Reagan National Airport recorded 3.4 inches of snow on Monday and Dulles and BWI-Marshall both recorded 4.1 inches. An additional 1-3 inches of snow is likely along the I-95 corridor. The total snowfall for the region is likely to be 3-5 inches.

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