Oh Deere, It's Zamboni Weather

Wednesday - 1/28/2009, 7:15am EST

By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor
FederalNewsRadio.com

With many, if not most, area schools shutting down because of the weather, the Office of Personnel Management has announced that the federal government is open with unscheduled leave policy in effect.

According to OPM, this means:

  • Employees who cannot report for work may request unscheduled leave for their entire scheduled workday. Employees must notify their supervisors of their intent to take unscheduled leave.
  • Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time.

The winter storm that coated parts of the Southern plains with ice and left at least 19 dead has barreled into the Northeast.

Ice-encrusted tree limbs crashed onto power lines in Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma, keeping thousands without power.

More than a foot of snow is forecast in New Hampshire today, prompting the Legislature to call off a session.

A winter storm warning is in effect until noon for the D.C. metro area. We are told to expect periods of freezing rain and drizzle Wednesday morning. That's on top of the icy mess left over from Tuesday's snow.

Ice could accumulate to a quarter inch, the National Weather Service says. The precipitation is expected to change to rain by afternoon.

For the latest area closings and delays, check with our sister-station, WTOP.com, for the latest warnings and advisories from WTOP, click here, and for the official word from OPM, click here.

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