Feds Shutter DC Offices, Brace for Snow
Thousands have already lost power in Virginia
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2013 6:42 AM CST
Snow covers containers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Tuesday, March 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – The federal government closed up shop today, shutting offices in anticipation of a looming snowstorm that blanketed Chicago with snow yesterday, the AP reports. (The six inches logged at O'Hare best a 1999 record for the date—by more than two inches.) The National Weather Service is predicting six to 12 inches of heavy, slushy snow in DC, though there's a chance the snow could turn to rain as it nears the Atlantic, CNN reports. "We're in our mobilization level 5, which is our highest mobilization level," says one Virginia Department of Transportation employee.

Airlines have already cancelled hundreds of flights in the storm's projected path, and at least 4,723 Virginia residents have lost power. Ohio is getting its taste of the storm as well, and schools in Columbus have closed; DC kids are off, too.

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Mar 6, 2013 5:18 PM CST
Goddard was under Code Red (closed) today, except for "essential personnel" like our program's team. I left Baltimore an hour early after being warned about the "major" snow storm, only to arrival an hour early since all we got was about 3 - 4 inches (and the roads weren't even covered. This place is full of wimps when it comes to snow. In Indiana 3 - 4 inches normally doesn't even close schools (although you may get a two hour delay).
Mar 6, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Another 2 weeks off with pay....great place to work. 1942
Mar 6, 2013 1:12 PM CST
If congress would get back to work, they could pass legislation to regulate snow fall levels.