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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 02/ 8/2010

Rail service extended to above-ground stations

By Anne Bartlett

Metro rail service will be extended Tuesday to some of its above-ground stations, although the time between trains will remain at 30 minutes, officials announced Monday evening.

A limited amount of MetroAccess service will be provided Tuesday between 8 a.m. and noon for those using to obtain treatments needed to sustain life, such as chemotherapy and dialysis. After noon, MetroAccess will run only to take those users home.

Both rail and bus service will begin at 5 a.m. Service could be shut down early, depending on the weather and the expected onset of another storm, Metro said.

Limited Red Line service will be provided between Medical Center and Union Station and between Glenmont and Forest Glen.

Limited Blue Line service will run between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory.

Service will be provided along the entire Green Line, between Greenbelt to Branch Avenue, along the entire Orange Line, between Vienna and New Carrollton, and along the entire Yellow Line between Huntington and Fort Totten.
-- Martin Weil

Federal offices to be closed Tuesday
Federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed Tuesday, for the second consecutive day.

The Office of Personnel Management posted the announcement on its website at 6 p.m. Monday.

Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time, the announcement said.

In light of the closure, VRE announced that it won't operate the Virginia regional train system on Tuesday.

A major snowstorm is expected in the area on Tuesday, while the area has not yet recovered from the storm that left record amounts of snow over the weekend. More here at the Federal Eye blog.
-- Martin Weil

Montgomery County government open for business -- for now
Montgomery County announced Monday night that the county government will be open Tuesday for normal operations.

The announcement said this about one particular government function: “County liquor stores will be open.”

The Solid Waste Transfer Station is scheuled to close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and parking enforcement in county garages and parking lots will remain suspended through Thursday, the county announcement said.

A liberal leave policy will be in effect Tuesday for county employees, according to the announcement.
-- Martin Weil

Avoid Park and Ride lots in Fairfax
Fairfax County is encouraging residents to avoid its park and ride lots during the ongoing snow emergency.

Many spaces at the park and ride lots are taken up by mounds of snow and officials say any additional parked cars may delay snow removal efforts.

Residents can contact Fairfax's Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771, TTY 711 for more information; voice mail messages will be monitored and returned.

5:49 p.m. Montgomery County's snow advice
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen (D--At Large) said that priority will now be given to areas of the county that have not yet been plowed.

“We know the frustration of some residents whose streets have yet to be cleared and some who have been without electricity," Floreen said. "At this point, I have asked that the DOT crews and contractors get to our residential streets that have yet to be plowed.”

Also of note for Montgomery County residents:
Officials will continue to suspend enforcement of parking restrictions in all public parking garages and lots through Thursday. Residents are encouraged to park in these garages and lots rather than on the street, to make it easier for plowing operations to occur. Park & Ride lots have been plowed and sidewalks/bus shelters cleared and treated.

All snow removal problems or downed trees should be reported to 240-777-6000.

Montgomery County government’s cable television channel – County Cable Montgomery (CCM), which can be viewed on Channel 6 on the Comcast and RCN cable systems and Channel 30 on Verizon – is continuing to feature live coverage of road conditions at all major traffic intersections.

Plowing information can be found on the county's web site. Here's where to report unplowed streets

The County Council is planning on resuming its regular schedule with a 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday with the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. The Council’s regular general session is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. in Rockville. However, Tuesday evening's scheduled public hearing on the FY 2011-16 Capital Improvements Program has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Monday’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee meeting on the White Flint Sector Plan has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. For County Council weather-related schedule changes, call 240-777-7900.

If a County plow has damaged your mailbox, the County will install a standard post and mailbox at your residence as soon as all snow plowing is completed. Call 240-777-6000 to file a report. If you have a non-standard mailbox, call the County’s Risk Management Division at 240-777-8920. In the meantime, a temporary mailbox will be installed.

County-provided recycling and trash collections were canceled on Monday. All recycling and trash pickups slide one day. The County transfer station is open, but will close at 5 p.m. with no evening hours.

All County public libraries were closed on Monday. Customers are asked not to return library materials until libraries reopen and are asked not to leave materials outside buildings. Materials due Feb. 5 through Feb. 10 will have their due dates extended one week. No fines will be charged for the period.

--Lori Aratani

What do you think?

How do you think your state and local officials have handled this weekend's Snowmaggedon? Send your thoughts, photos and, if possible, a phone number where you can be reached to somashekhars@washpost.com.

MONDAY ROUNDUP:

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Power Companies:
BGE: 877-778-2222
Pepco: Outages, 877-737-2662; Downed lines, 202-872-3432
Dominion 888-667-3000
Allegheny Power 800-255-3443

Downed limbs and trees:
District: 311
Montgomery: 240-777-6000
Prince George's: 301-499-8600.
Fairfax: 703-383-8368

QUICK LINKS:
What's open; Monday school closures
Latest Weather Gang forecasts, maps, radar; Travel and transit conditions;
Twitter: @Postmetro; #Snowpocalypse
Post photos; Your photos.


5:17 p.m. VDOT phone lines overwhelmed
The Virginia Department of Transportation phone lines have been overwhelmed by people eager to have their streets plowed. VDOT spokeswoman Joan Morris said the department will attempt to plow every residential street in Northern Virginia before the next storm arrives on Tuesday. She asked that people still awaiting a plow alert VDOT by emailing novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov.

Also worth noting: Montgomery County officials have announced that the shelter set up at the Longwood Recreation Center in the Olney/Brookeville area will close at 5 p.m. Monday, and the shelter at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring will close Tuesday morning. Overnight shelter operations will be consolidated at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr. in Rockville.


4:43 p.m. Monday's snow roundup
First off, yes, there is another storm coming. It's not expected to be as big, but it will be messy. The Capital Weather Gang says it should land about noonish Tuesday and will drop anywhere from five to 10 inches of snow. Blizzard conditions with winds in the 35 mph range are possible in the evening.

In the meantime, here’s a summary of Monday’s snow related developments. We’ll do our best to tell you what we know now and we'll keep updating throughout the evening. If there’s a bit of information we haven’t listed, email us at postnow@washpost.com and we’ll do our best to get you answers.

This is what we know so far about school closings:

Loudoun – classes canceled for the rest of the week

Fairfax – classes canceled Tuesday and Wednesday

Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Alexandria, Arlington and Prince William counties – classes canceled Tuesday.

We have not yet heard from the District and other area systems, but The District has joined the list of school systems closing on Tuesday. Check our school closings guide for up-to-date information.

No word yet on Metro service for Tuesday. However, Metro is running underground rail service until midnight Monday, with trains arriving at about 30-minute intervals. Metro bus service will run until 7 p.m. Monday on snow emergency routes including the 64, 50, 70, S4, 30, Z2, Z8, P12 and 16. Note, several routes are terminating before their regular end point, and the number of routes are fewer than what Metro originally announced it would operate. MetroAccess is not running Monday.

Office of Personnel Management officials have said they will make a decision about government operations after 7 p.m. Monday.

About 34,037 people remain without power – that’s down from 48,000 early Monday. The vast majority of folks are Pepco customers in Montgomery County.

Another cave-in. The heavy, wet snow is continuing to wreck havoc with roofs. Part of the roof collapsed at the Mechanicsville post office in St. Mary's County. Postal employees in Vienna noticed a ceiling bulge at the post office at 200 Lawyers Rd. NW, just off Maple Street early Monday morning. The ceiling was "fluxing about four to five inches," and so the office was closed about 8 a.m. but reopened this afternoon, officials said.

With another storm coming -- and the possibility that you'll be stuck at home for another day -- we offer you this to help you stave off cabin fever.

--Lori Aratani

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3:24 p.m. School closings for Tuesday and beyond
Area schools systems are beginning to announce their plans for the week.

Prince George's, Prince William, Montgomery and Alexandria school systems will be closed on Tuesday. Fairfax schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Loudoun had previously announced it would close schools for the remainder of the week. No word from the the District and Arlington yet.

--Michael Birnbaum

2:45 p.m. Ticketing.... and escaping
In the District, where officials declared a snow emergency Friday morning and lifted it Monday at 9:30 a.m., police issued 1,065 notices of infraction, said spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump.

In addition, ticket writers with the Department of Public Works issued 202 tickets, impounded 26 cars and relocated 123 vehicles off of snow emergency routes between Friday and Monday, said spokeswoman Nancee Lyons.

For those needing a break -- maybe from a ticket -- the District's Department of Parks and Recreation have opened a select number of facilities and aquatic center until 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Ward 1: Banneker Community Center, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW; Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.
Ward 2: Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW.
Ward 3: Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW; Chevy Chase Community Center,
5601 Connecticut Ave NW; Wilson Aquatic Center, 4551 Fort Dr NW
Ward 4: Emery Recreation Center , 5801 Georgia Ave NW; Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van Buren St NW.
Ward 5: Brentwood Recreation Center, 2311 14th St NE; North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson St NE; Turkey Thicket Recreation & Aquatic Center, 1100 Michigan Ave NE
Ward 6: Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St NE; King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St SW; William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center.
Ward 7: Benning Stoddert Community Center, 00 Stoddert Pl SE; Fort Davis Community Center, 1400 41st St SE
Ward 8: Bald Eagle Recreation Center, 100 Joliet St SW; Southeast Tennis & Learning Center,
701 Mississippi Ave SE


--Theola Labbe DeBose

1:46 p.m. Loudoun closes schools for the week
UPDATE:
Shortly after Loudoun County announced it was closing its schools for the remainder of the week, reporter Michael Birnbaum received a statement about the shutdown from schools spokesman Wayde Byard.

"We've allotted enough time that there will be no academic impact," he said.
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Loudoun County Public Schools has announced it will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Feb. 10-12. (The school system was already scheduled to be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents' Day.)

The closure includes school activities, practices, and all other uses of school buildings.

1:30 p.m. Postal service is delivering, sort of
The U.S. Postal Service has been making attempts to deliver mail throughout the region. But they, too, have been affected by the snow in unexpected ways. The post office in Vienna had to be evacuated when snow on the roof started to make its presence felt.

Fairfax County fire department spokesman Dan Schmidt said postal employees noticed the ceiling beginning to bulge at 200 Lawyers Road NW, just off Maple Street in downtown Vienna early Monday morning. The ceiling was "fluxing about four to five inches," and so the office was closed about 8 a.m., Schmidt said.

It was not clear when the Vienna post office would reopen.
--Tom Jackman

12:50 p.m. Capital Weather Gang ratchets up forecast

Bad news for a region still trying to dig out of last weekend’s storm. The Capital Weather Gang says their models show that the storm expected to hit the D.C. area Tuesday evening may dump more snow than previously thought.

In the meantime, Office of Personnel Management’s John Barry says a decision about federal government operations will not be made until after 7 p.m. Monday. Barry is currently reviewing the forecasts, which he says become more accurate during each 3-hour window. But as of right now he said he saw nothing that suggested he has to make a decision before 7 p.m. What do you think? Vote on whether the federal government should operate on Tuesday.

Steady progress in Prince George's County. Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation announced at 11:00 a.m. Monday that 100 percent of the county's primary roadways and nearly 50 percent of residential roadways are passable, with bare pavement in some areas.
With all county roadways passable, crews now are able to focus on making all residential roadways passable.

Fairfax County has shut two emergency warming centers/shelters at Robert E. Lee Recreatioin Center in Alexandria and Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton. With another storm on the way, County officials will continue to monitor whether there is a need for the centers to re-open. Fairfax County emergency hotline: 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Residents may leave a message and someone will return the call.

Shelters and warming centers, however are continuing to operate in the District, Montgomery County and Manassas. In Montgomery County, emergency shelters are located at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring; the Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Ave., Brookeville; and Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville. In Manassas, an emergency shelter is open at Lake Jackson Fire Station, 11310 Coles Drive.

In addition, there are three warming centers open in the District: Banneker Recreation Center, 2500 Georgia Avenue NW; Lamond Recreation Center, 25 Tuckerman Street, NE and Columbia Heights Recreation Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW.

The heavy snow has put many older buildings in danger. Over the weekend at least five roofs collapsed, including a church in the District. In St. Mary’s County, the Mechanicsville Post Office partially collapses Monday. The Land Use and Growth Management Department has conducted a damage assessment and the post office will be closed until further notice. In St. Mary’s County, officials are working with local business to assess structures that may have been damaged by excess snow. Individuals who are concerned about damage to their homes or business should contact the Land Use and Growth Management department at 301-475-4200 Ext. 1500 to make a report.

12:40 p.m. Keep fire hydrants cleared. As they clear driveways and sidewalk, fire departments around the D.C. region are asking residents to be sure to clear snow from around fire hydrants as well.

The large amount of snow accumulation, combined with the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots has left many local fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow.

"We ask that residents safely venture out and assess the hydrants in their community, and shovel an area of at least three feet from all sides," said Stafford County Fire and Rescue Chief Rob Brown. "This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved in a valuable community service."

If hydrant locations are unknown due to the depth of the snow, residents are asked to contact their local fire and rescue station for assistance in locating them.

11:20 a.m.: Where are the plows?
For many Bethesda residents in the Woodhaven and Bradley Park neighborhoods off of Bradley Boulevard, power was not restored until about 10 p.m. Sunday night, just in time for many to miss the entire Super Bowl.

The Busch family made due with an old analog television that also got radio transmission with the help of six C batteries. Joe Busch pronounced himself satisfied, having also heard the exciting Caps-Penguins matchup on the airwaves earlier in the day. "Those were two great games," he said, as he nursed sore muscles from shoveling his driveway several times over the weekend.

Now neighbors' attention is turning to the absence of plows. Major thoroughfare Bradley Boulevard had not seen a snowplow beyond the intersection with Goldsboro Road, as of about 10:30 a.m. Monday, yet some side streets were plowed all the way down to the pavement.

A neighborhood listserv was buzzing with concern, including offering up various theories for the disparities between the conditions of side streets and main roads. But mostly, the neighbors want some help so that they can make it out to their jobs, Metro and the grocery store.
-- Miranda S. Spivack

10:15 a.m. Metro revises Monday's limited bus operations
Metro has revised its plans for bus service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Metrobuses now operating on snow emergency routes include the 64, 50, 70, S4, 30, Z2, Z8, P12 and 16, though several routes are terminating before their regular end point. That’s fewer routes than Metro originally announced it would operate.

Staff writer Aaron C. Davis reports that hundreds of people were waiting for the first buses this morning between downtown D.C. and the Beltway, spilling into the roadways. Along Georgia Avenue, the Route 70 buses were packed.

8:30 a.m. news summary.
What a weekend. Record breaking, exhausting, exhilarating, freezing, stunning. With school and state, local and federal government closures, many of you will be staying in. For those who have to venture out, some details on transit and the roads. If you have to drive, AAA offers these tips for negotiating winter weather roads.

And get ready for round two – the Capital Weather Gang says another storm is on the way. This next one could drop four, maybe eight inches of snow.

Some small updates: Canal Street in NW D.C. has reopened; The Circulator buses are running and are free today, but the spur that usually goes up Wisconsin is stopping at M Street. See details below of another collapsed roof -- this time it's a fire station in Fairfax County's Baileys Crossroads.

Keep checking back here for the latest weather news and other storm related headlines throughout the day.
-- Lori Aratani

What to expect on the roads -- and a few rails
Traffic should be light Monday morning because many school systems and many governments, including the feds, are shut down, Dr. Gridlock reports on Get There. No transportation agency is saying that travel is a good idea today.

Across much of the D.C. region, neighborhood roads are still covered with snow or ice. Even highways remain slushy or icy. Ramps, overpasses and turn lanes are particular problems. Transit service is extremely limited. Get There provides a full look at some of the travel issues for Monday and the rest of the week.

D.C. motorists still may not park their cars on roadways designated as snow emergency routes, because a snow emergency remains in effect in the city, transportation officials warned Sunday night. Here is the snow emergency route map.

The Fairfax Connector will be running today from noon to 7 p.m., operating a modified Sunday Schedule on snow routes. There will be Sunday Service in the North and South counties, but no routes are operating on the West County.

8 a.m.: Dulles opens this morning
Dulles International Airport is open for business today. At 6 a.m., scores of delayed travelers were treated with short lines and illuminated arrival and departures boards listing "On Time" flights.

That was a huge relief for Jeremy Hushon, a McLean attorney who was travelling with his wife and two children under age six. The family was headed to St. Croix where Hushon's parents have been waiting for them since Friday. They planned the week-long vacation six months ago, and were originally scheduled to leave Saturday morning. The airline told them they would not be able to fly out until Tuesday, at the earliest. "Our whole vacation would have been ruined," he said. With more snow in the forecast, Hushon got on the phone Sunday night and bought new tickets, a $1,500 expense, so the family could leave today.

By 6:30 am, Linda Hurley of Oak Hill was sipping coffee at the gate waiting for an 8:30 flight to Tampa to visit her mother. She and her husband planned to leave Saturday, and after two days of "rescheduling and cancelling, rescheduling and canceling," they did not want to miss their chance to skip town. So they left early, and got to the airport in good time. The Dulles toll road was clear. "Not a flake on it," she said.

Diane Makuc started her commute to Dulles last night in Bethesda, lugging her suitcase down two blocks of knee-deep snow to meet a taxi. From there she travelled slowly along an icy stretch of the Capitol Beltway and on to a hotel near the airport so she could take a early shuttle to meet an 8:20 a.m. flight. The federal statistician said she is on her way to meet a college friend for a ski vacation in Lake Tahoe. She was supposed to leave Saturday. "If all goes well, I should be there by 5 p.m. tonight."

-- Michael Alison Chandler

7:15 a.m.: Canal Road reopens
Canal Road NW in the District reopened Monday morning after work crews removed fallen trees and branches and removed downed and damaged electrical wires, the D.C. Department of Transportation said.

The street had been closed between Arizona Avenue and Foxhall Road.
-- Debbi Wilgoren

UPDATED 9 a.m., Original Post 6:55 a.m.: Firehouse roof collapses


The damaged collapsed roof. (Gerald Martineau/Post)
A partial roof collapse at a firehouse in Bailey's Crossroads overnight damaged some fire trucks but did not injure any of the 18 firefighters on duty at the time, fire department officials told local news outlets.

A partial roof collapse at a firehouse in Baileys Crossroads overnight damaged some fire trucks but did not injure any of the 18 firefighters on duty at the time, a fire department spokesman said.

A flat section of the roof over the equipment bays at Fire Station 10 collapsed at about 3:15 a.m., apparently giving way under the weight of more than two feel of snow that fell over the weekend, spokesman Dan Schmidt said.

"The melt we had yesterday apparently contributed," Schmidt said. "It got pretty heavy up there."

The bays house six pieces of equipment: a fire engine, a fire truck, two advanced life-saving ambulances, a boat and a utility truck, he said. Several of the vehicles were damaged.

Eighteen firefighters who were sleeping in other parts of the firehouse, 16 men and two women, were woken by "a noise -- a loud noise" as the roof started to cave in, Schmidt said. All of them left the firehouse safely. They were scattered to other stations for the remainder of their shifts.

The 35-year-old firehouse is just off Columbia Pike, west of Route 7, in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The roof was replaced 12 years ago, Schmidt said.

-- Debbi Wilgoren

By Anne Bartlett  | February 8, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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Comments


Only twelve years old? Sounds like shoddy construction. Also, why weren't the station personnel following the advice of structural engineers and going up on the roof and shoveling?


Posted by: mortified469 | February 8, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Probably built by some of the 50 million illegal aliens with fraudulent yet sophisticated ID's.

Who's "yob" did they steal today?
Was it yours?

Posted by: macarthur168 | February 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey macarthur168 -

It was actually built by fat, lazy whitey union workers.

Posted by: DaleGribble | February 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

the Petula Dvorak link is invalid

Posted by: tedunni1 | February 9, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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