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    Schools & Federal Workers Brace for Winter Storm

    Federal workers given choice of unscheduled leave or unscheduled teleworking as schools make plans to make-up lost days. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011)

    Federal agencies are giving workers the choice of unscheduled leave or telecommuting again Wednesday.

    Tuesday morning, many streets in the Washington region were covered with frozen rain. Faced with icy roads and given the option of telecommuting, some are using their laptops and cell phones from home or at one of the many restaurants that offers WiFi.

    "I tend to telecommute more times than not because of the roads," Aklilu Seium said. "This was a perfect day for it."

    "I think it makes sense given my observation of people driving around here," Aaron Keuper said. "The weather has made driving treacherous."

    Power Crews Prepare for Storm

    [DC] Power Crews Prepare for Storm
    Pepco has already brought in utility crews from out of state in anticipation of the overnight winter storm.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011)

    Montgomery County Public Schools opened two hours late because of ice on some roads Tuesday morning, but school administrators may face a more difficult decision Wednesday morning, when they  have to determine if the weather warrants closing schools.

    "MCPS has four snow days built into our schedule," schools spokesman Dana Tofig said. "At this point, we have used all four snow days. If we have to close again for snow, those extra days will be added on to the end of the school year."

    Prince George’s County Public Schools have used three snow days so far, but it still has  one snow day left as well as an additional academic day.

    Massive Storm Cripples U.S. Airports

    [DC] Massive Storm Cripples U.S. Airports
    More than 6,000 flights were canceled Tuesday because of the storm that stretches from Texas to Rhode Island. That included almost 300 in the Washington region.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011)

    Fairfax County built three snow days into its schedule but it has already closed schools four days, so it will make up for that by using Presidents Day as a school day rather than a holiday.

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