Winter Storm Watch for Thursday, Jan. 17
Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect tomorrow morning through late Thursday night. A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel. The NWS forecast for D.C. is for accumulations of 2-4 inches. Snow may mix with rain at the onset of the storm Thursday morning before changing to all snow late Thursday morning and afternoon. Snow also is expected tomorrow night, possibly adding up to an additional 1-2 inches. Snow may be heavy at times during the afternoon and evening hours.
If you live or work in the National Capital Region, you are encouraged to get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. Roads may become snow covered, especially during the evening rush hour.
- - By staying off the roads, Department of Transportation crews are more easily able to access roads that need treatment, snow plows can more freely clear roads and get to areas needing plowing.
- - By staying off the roads, regional public safety officials can respond more quickly to residents in need of emergency services.
- - Getting where you need to be instead of staying at work during the height of the storm may require you to take a couple of hours of personal leave, but leaving early enough to avoid bad weather and traffic gridlock caused by slippery road conditions is worth the investment.
Finally, consider teleworking tomorrow if that’s an option for where you work. The fewer vehicles on roads tomorrow the easier it will be to get them cleared.
For federal employees -- and businesses and organizations that follow the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for closings/delays -- that information is available online here, as well as the OPM website.
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