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Snow Poll: Should the Federal Government have Opened Late Monday?

Many school districts are on spring break or closed today due to snow, but federal workers had to report to work on time Monday.

A rare late March snowstorm across the DC area dumped 1 to 4 inches (and counting) of snow across the region late Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving snow covered roadways and a winter scene five days after the start of Spring.

Snow was expected to continue for several hours Monday morning, though it would have an increasingly difficult time sticking to the ground as temperatures rose. By noon, forecasters said some rain would mix in with the snow before turning back to snow showers Monday evening.

Most students in the region were already taking the day off for spring break — including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. DC Public Schools opened on time. Several private schools in the area had delays or closures. 

Patch asked residents if the Office of Personnel Management made the right call in deciding to open on time Monday morning.

One person from Falls Church wrote on the McLean Patch Facebook page, “No!!! At least open with a delay! I have 4" of snow.”

@AlexandriaVAMom on Twitter said her kids thought this was the “best start to spring break EVER.”

Do you think OPM should have delayed or closed the federal government today, or did they make the right call in having everyone report to work on time Monday?

Tell us in the comments.

tired fed March 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I am a fed employee and this opening late or closing is ridiculous in my opinion. My wife goes to work on delay days and is expected to take a day off or show up. I believe we feds should be treated the same way. We have vacation to use then use it or show up. I understand a lot of people rely on mass transit but you always have the choice to drive to work and pay for parking or take a day off. The fact that we get subsidies to take mass transit in DC is no excuse to not drive in if you are required to be at work.
Kev C. March 26, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Yeah, What she said
Kev C. March 26, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Yep, What he said |
Anoneemous March 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM
People who do "real work" found a way to get to work in a little snow.
Brad L March 27, 2013 at 01:28 PM
RJ, if people don't work for two hours that means two hours of work is not getting done correct? That's a waste of money and lowers productivity. It's paying someone for doing nothing.

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