Snow scrambles Senate schedule
© Greg Nash
A spring snowstorm that has shuttered much of Washington is throwing the Senate's schedule into flux. 
 
 
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"I'd like this morning to give an update for my colleagues, given the challenges associated with the weather and also as we move toward a conclusion of the omnibus. ... It's my expectation we'll move forward with votes today ... moving them up in the day, hopefully, to accommodate safe travel," McConnell announced from the Senate floor. 
 
The Senate is currently scheduled to have three votes around 4:30 p.m. on legislation to combat sex trafficking. 
 
It's unclear how quickly the votes could be rescheduled. McConnell said senators would be notified when votes are scheduled. 
 
The snowstorm has forced a slate of closures around Washington. The White House on Wednesday canceled its public events, federal offices are closed and schools in the area are shut down for the day. 
 
The inclement weather comes as Congress is racing to prevent a government shutdown set to begin Friday at midnight. 
 
Leaders indicated they are close to an agreement as they emerged from a meeting on Wednesday morning. 
 
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' MORE (R-Wis.) said they were "finalizing the details" of agreement and "expect to post something very soon." 
 
"We feel like we're in a good place," he said. 
 
 
Schumer said leadership was still going over language but that "we hope we'll be ready to go in a few hours."