** Updated at 6:25 a.m. **
Stella was a bust for most of the Washington metropolitan area Tuesday, as the worst parts of the storm blew past the region after leaving just a few inches of snow and rain to slicken roads and sidewalks. All motorists should continue to exercise caution if travel is absolutely necessary: As of early morning, the conditions of some roads remained miserable, with residual snow unplowed, and freezing rain and sleet creating a soppy obstacle for drivers.
Local and federal governments announced delayed openings and authorized unscheduled leave or telework.
The Office of Personnel Management announced that federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are OPEN under 3 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 3 hours later than they would be expected to arrive. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia announced a two-hour delay for government offices and public schools.
Metro will open at 5 a.m. and operate on a MODERATE schedule after Washington’s largest - and likely final - snowstorm of the season turned out to be mostly a bust. For complete Metro service information, please see the service advisory by following this link.
Earlier Monday, crews spread salt and brine throughout major area thoroughfares throughout Monday. Federal, state and local government offices activated contingency plans for workers and encouraged the use of leave and telework. The Office of Personnel Management website, the one-stop shop for federal workers checking on operating status, prepared for an uptick in traffic. And residents flocked to markets to stock up on bread and beer - the two “Bs” for surviving a storm in the DMV.
A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the metro D.C. area through Tuesday afternoon, when the snow is expected to diminish. Our favorite local weather website is Capital Weather Gang, where commuters can get a detailed weather forecast absent the hysteria and anchorman hairspray. The WTOP closings and delays page is a helpful guide for school districts, government offices and other organizations that will close as Stella rolls through.
Regardless of the amount of precipitation, there will be some impacts across the area’s transit system.
- The rail system is expected to open at 5 a.m. with service above and below ground. All stations will be open. Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (about every 12 minutes on each line).
- SafeTrack single tracking on the Blue and Yellow lines will remain in effect; however, personnel assigned to SafeTrack work will be redeployed to snow-clearing operations.
- On Tuesday, SafeTrack shuttle buses between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon will not operate.
- Metrobus will start the day on a SEVERE snow service plan. Only selected routes will operate along major roadways. Use Metrorail as an alternate if possible. View bus routes that operate under the severe plan.
- Allow additional travel time. Check wmata.com before traveling.
- MetroAccess service for customers with disabilities was SUSPENDED as of 4 p.m. Monday.
- MetroAccess service will remain SUSPENDED all day Tuesday.
- A time for service restoration has not yet been determined.
Check back throughout the morning for updates as events warrant.