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OPM declares 11 am delayed opening for DC; freezing rain on the way

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The Washington area is expected to get hit by freezing rain this evening, and it’s going to mean a late start for federal employees Monday. The Office of Personnel Management this evening sent out a notice that said the government will open at 11 a.m. tomorrow, and told feds to stay off the roads until 9 a.m. Feds will be granted an excused absence for their delayed arrival tomorrow.

OPM is also giving feds the option to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework — but if you choose to telework, you have to start working at your normal time.

Emergency employees will have to show up on time, unless directed otherwise.

UPDATE 8 PM: The National Weather Service forecasts tonight’s freezing rain will result in accumulations of “a trace to less than a tenth of an inch.” NWS expects “light icing on roadways and elevated surfaces will make traveling hazardous,” not to mention slippery sidewalks. So it doesn’t sound like the end of the world, but we all know how these slippery roads can lead to trouble if drivers don’t use caution.

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  1. Zippy Says:
    January 22nd, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me! For a “trace” of ice? They haven’t even closed any of the area schools yet and OPM is crying wolf? Something is seriously wrong here. BTW, everybody knows that “telework” in the federal govt. means “glorified day off”.