Federal agencies in the Washington area are open Wednesday, with the option for unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced early in the morning.
The move came as snow was expected to fall in the region at around the start of the morning rush hour. It marked the third time OPM has altered the operating status of agencies in the nation's capital since the beginning of 2015.
In a Facebook post, OPM director Katherine Archuleta said: "The storm was anticipated to bring 1-2 inches of snow beginning 4-5 a.m. Departments of transportation reported they were doing full pre-treatment and crews were ready to clear the roads as needed. Area transportation departments were concerned that a two-hour delay in opening offices would put many cars on the road at the time when the most snow was accumulating, which could possibly hinder road-clearing efforts."