Federal government closes DC offices as snow nears

Federal government closes DC offices as snow nears

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: A wet and heavy mixture of rain and snow covers the north side of the bronze Statue of Freedom on the top of the U.S. Capitol Dome March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. A late winter storm is expected to cover the Mid-Atlantic region after dropping almost a foot of snow across the the West and Midwest. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says its offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed Wednesday as the nation's capital braces for its first big snowfall of the winter.

The Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency employees of the federal government will be granted excused absences for Wednesday.

Forecasters were predicting as much as 10 inches of snow for Washington, with more predicted for the suburbs north and west of the district.

Airlines along the storm's projected path have cut hundreds of flights, most of them at Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Washington area.

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