Approaching storm shutters government

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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.

Certain employees, however, are required to telework and, emergency employees are expected to report to work unless otherwise directed by their agencies, according to the OPM.

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.