Word on the Hill: Snow Day

Cancellations and closures

Washington saw a lot of snow last year in late January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Washington saw a lot of snow last year in late January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted March 14, 2017 at 12:01am

Precautions were being taken on Monday for the expected snowfall overnight and into today.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced that the House would convene in a pro forma session at noon Monday because of Tuesday’s forecast. 

The Sergeant at Arms Parking Operations unit sent out a release on Monday afternoon that vehicles should not be left in outdoor Senate parking areas overnight. For those who had to leave vehicles, the office suggested using the lower level of the Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Office Building garage. Cars left outside could be “snowed in” due to snow removed efforts on Tuesday and they won’t help you dig it out, the release said.

The Metro announced on Monday afternoon that all their stations would be open today but the Metro will be operating on a Saturday schedule. It will start operating at 5 a.m. but trains will run every 12 minutes.

D.C. buses will operate only a severe snow routes. See the list of which buses are out of service today.

As of Monday evening, Baltimore-Washington International canceled 68 percent of its flights on Tuesday, WJLA reported. Southwest Airlines said it has no operations planned on Tuesday out of BWI, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International airports.

While the weather in D.C. won’t be as severe as it’s expected to be in the Northeast, airport closings in that region will affect flights into and out of area airports.

Reception canceled

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation canceled its reception in honor of the inaugural Kakehashi Japan study abroad delegation, originally scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the American Trucking Association (430 First St. SE). 

House candidates get help from animals

In the race for the open 6th District seat in Georgia to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a lot of animals are taking a role in campaign ads. In one ad, Republican Dan Moody says he’s going to need a bigger shovel after scooping up elephant and donkey manure, while Republican Bob Gray’s ad features swamp animals. The special election is scheduled for April 18.

Boehner award from Japan

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today. Boehner is being honored in part for his role in bringing Abe to Congress for a joint meeting address in 2015. The ceremony will take place in Tokyo in Abe’s office at 5:20 a.m. D.C. time.

Something wicked this way comes

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (610 F. St. NW) announced the performance of “Macbeth” from April 25 to May 28 with Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy as the director and actors Jesse J. Perez as Macbeth and Nikkole Salter as Lady Macbeth. Tommy made history last year as the first woman of color to receive a Tony nomination for best director of a play, for the acclaimed drama “Eclipsed.”

What’s going on?

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