Monday, March 3, 2014
Black Ice, OPM, and Barn Coats
The outside air temperature is 23 degrees as I write this, at 7 PM Monday, but it will drop into the single digits overnight. My particular just-outside-the-Beltway neighborhood is forecast to hit zero degrees at 6 AM.
Given the certainty of hazardous driving conditions tomorrow, I predict a greater than 50 percent likelihood that the Office of Personnel Management will announce a delayed opening and unscheduled leave for government offices in Washington.
I put the likelihood of a government closure at no more than 10 percent, currently. But that would go up if area metro systems have any weather-related shutdowns - always a possibility - or if highway departments ask OPM to help alleviate traffic problems.
For me, the upside of these cold weather work days is that I can ditch the usual business clothes and go to the office in hiking boots and a manly barn coat. Makes it all worthwhile.