Next round moves in: Above ground mass transit suspended, Federal government closed for 3rd day
The snow has already arrived, as of around 8:30 we've got a few new inches of snow. Temperatures are dropping and we've got a mess on the roads. Vehicles are struggling, even on major roads. I watched a rickety-old van nearly slide down 16th Street going up the hill. Visibility is very poor. Winds are expected to pick up, possibly leading to blizzard conditions. Tomorrow will not be pretty. Roads will again be a mess, and snow will still be coming down.
As of 8:30, we know that Metrorail will be underground only, and all Metrobus and Metroaccess service will be suspended. It's likely the DC Circulator will be suspended also. The Federal government will be closed for the third straight day.
Yes, we should keep in mind there are financial burdens when businesses and agencies close. Also, many hourly employees end up without pay if their employers close. This can be hard for many people. There's agitation in the air, and things are a mess. For what it's worth, Mayor Fenty held a whole bunch of press conferences all around the city. I'll join the chorus of people saying he should have stayed put at the SNOW COMMAND CENTER.
There is still no word on the DC Government status tomorrow. The only option at this point is to close the DC government. I've been hearing from people who have had to go to work each day, often without any transit option. Many of these people don't own cars, and some who do are snowed in. It's not a joke when someone has to walk 3 miles to work in the snow, and especially if there's 50 mph winds tomorrow. If windchills reach around 0 degrees or lower, exposed skin can freeze (frostbite) in under 5 minutes.