Feds Declare Unscheduled Leave for Friday
The second snowpocalypse of the winter of 2009-2010 has already begun, even though flakes are not predicted to begin falling until tomorrow. In case you can’t see outside from your cubicle; it’s partly sunny and around 35 degrees outside just now, here in NW DC. Perfectly nice weather. (I just went to CVS.) However, the federal government has decided to declare Friday, Feb. 5 an “unscheduled leave” day already, due to concerns about commute troubles and other worries.
The flakes are supposed to begin tomorrow sometime around mid-day, and wreak complete havoc on the evening rush hour. With inch-an-hour snowfall possible during the workday, it’s conceivable that Metro could close its above-ground stations (due to 8″ or more snow) before the rush hour period even ends.
If you are planning on going out for supplies and haven’t yet, please be sure to allow plenty of time for standing in the check-out lines, and try to bring your most Zen-like patience with you. I’ve already heard several co-workers talking about long lines at grocers last night and this morning. During December’s Snowpocalypse, several major grocery stores in Arlington and Alexandria became almost completely devoid of meat, in addition to the usual staples of milk, bread, and toilet paper. Since it’s Super Bowl weekend on top of the snowstorm, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that chips and dip will be thin on the shelves this time around, too.
Once the snow stops falling, please wait for the roads to be cleared if you can, before attempting to drive (especially if you are even the least bit intimidated by snowy conditions). If you must head out, please clean the snow off your entire car. Don’t drive around with two feet sitting on the roof; it can slide off and hit drivers behind you, causing major accidents. If you’ve got a sidewalk going through your property, please be courteous and clear it so that others may pass by. In some jurisdictions, this is required by law.
Try to be ready, be patient, and enjoy the snow! Do some sledding, build a snowman, have a snowball fight. Be safe, DC! Happy flaking!