BREAKING: Massive Storms Close D.C. , Ted Cruz and Tea Party Deny InvolvementPosted: February 13, 2014 | |
Federal offices will be closed Thursday in the Washington, D.C., area as the region braces for the worst of a winter blast that has already brought misery to stranded motorists in North Carolina and hundreds of thousands of people without power across the South.
The White House renewed its attack on Senate and Congressional Republicans, blaming Ted Cruz for masterminding weather disruptions as a scientific stunt aimed at crippling the Federal Government.
At a White House press conference this morning, Jay Carney blasted President Obama’s Republican opponents:
“Senator Cruz’s secret organization of scientists, meteorologists, campaign donors, and a powerful cabal of evangelical wizards, once again, have conspired to freeze the nation, in order to hurt the American people, and deny millions of innocent people access to essential government services. “
A winter storm warning for the Washington area is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service was predicting as much as 8 inches of snow across the area, most heavily along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Snow will mix with rain and sleet Thursday morning before turning to rain and sleet in the afternoon, the weather service said. Dustings of snow were falling across the area by Wednesday evening. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will open its 86 rail stations as normal on Thursday morning. The agency said it will try to run trains every six to 10 minutes on all five lines, but warned that closures might happen if the weather worsens.
The third rail that provides power to trains cannot safely operate with more than 8 inches of snow on it. That could lead Metro to close above-ground tracks, including a major river crossing between Virginia and D.C.
Buses will run only on major routes, and even that service might be curtailed if road conditions are too hazardous. WMATA is also closing MetroAccess, a service for disabled and elderly passengers, on Thursday.
The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday night that federal offices will be closed the next day, which will alleviate much of the traffic on the transit system. WMATA’s rail network is the nation’s second-busiest subway system.
“It is important to communicate that once the snow does start … snow will quickly become moderate to heavy with accumulation rates of 1-2 inches per [hour] possible,” the weather service’s office in Sterling, Va., said in a forecast discussion Wednesday afternoon.
Preparations in the Beltway were underway — airports and state transportation departments were staging plows and snow trucks, and grocery stores are predictably out of the most sought-after supplies….
Adam Snider and Bob King contributed to this report. The Butcher altered the report for satirical purposes.
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