WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is letting employees get a head start on the commute home as the Washington region braces for the first significant snowfall since last winter’s back-to-back blizzards.

The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that workers at agencies in the Washington area should leave two hours earlier than their usual time.

Heavy snow is expected to fall during the evening rush hour Wednesday and school systems that were not already closed for the day are canceling evening programs. The federal government was closed for several days during last year’s storms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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