Two hour delay for federal employees to dig out

Thursday - 1/27/2011, 6:05am EST

By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor
FederalNewsRadio.com

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open Thursday under a tw0-hour delayed arrival and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would normally arrive.

The Baltimore Federal Executive Board has announced that agencies under its purview are closed.

Because heavy snow was expected during Wednesday afternoon's rush hour, federal employees were able to get a head start on the commute home. The Office of Personnel Management allowed workers at Washington area agencies to leave two hours earlier than usual.

Even President Barack Obama faced a delayed commute back to the White House after returning from a trip to Wisconsin.

The wintry weather grounded Marine One - the helicopter that typically transports the President to and from the military base where Air Force One lands - so Mr. Obama instead was met at the plane by his motorcade, which spent an hour weaving through rush hour traffic already slowed by the storm. The trip normally takes the motorcade about 20 minutes.

Metro and most other bus services suspended their service around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Find a complete list of local closings and traffic information for the Washington D.C. area on WTOP.com.

(Additional reporting from wtop.com and the Associated Press.)

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