By Benjamin Goad - 01/21/14 09:11 AM EST
Federal agencies and offices are closed Tuesday, as a major snowstorm threatened to dump several inches of snow on the Washington area.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance on its website instructing all non-emergency workers to stay home.
The storm is expected to reach Washington by mid-morning, bringing up to 8 inches of snow, and is expected to be followed by a cold front predicted to plunge temperatures into the teens later this week. A winter storm warning is in effect for the area until 11 p.m.
Area schools were also closed, and scores of flights were grounded due to the storm.