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Stranded on the highway or working from home?

Well, that was one helluva rush "hour" yesterday, huh? Up to 13 hours for some.

In an interview on WTOP radio Thursday morning, OPM Director John Berry said feds who were equipped for telework were permitted to head home before offices closed and ahead of the storm. That should have eased the strain on the roads, but many people chose not to leave until the bad weather arrived, Berry said.

Unfortunately, once the sleet and snow began in mid-afternoon, traffic got very snarled very quickly, and some commuters didn't get home until well after midnight, according to news reports.

What was your experience? Did you leave early? Did you get the word about the 11 a.m. option for teleworkers? Did you get caught in traffic? Are you among the nearly 500,000 area residents without power? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

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Reader comments

Tue, Feb 1, 2011 RayW Utah

None of the above. No toys at home to play with to verify that what I do on the computer is correct and unlike many of the posters, I only live a couple of miles from the base. So when we have storm problems (if you consider a measly 6 inches in a couple of hours a problem) it still takes less than 30 minutes as I weave in and out of the folks who forget that the four wheel drive does not stop any faster than the old fashion one wheel drive, you just can start faster. (the advantage of a place where 90% of the people live within 30 miles of work)

The last time we closed for a mild 6 inch fall was when we had a new base commander fresh from back east, but he never made that mistake again. And after Christmas 2010 when I had over 10 inches on my snow measuring rail, they delayed the starting time with admin leave until 0900.

Tue, Feb 1, 2011 Erroll 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA

Telework is good for those with a large home, but us normal folks cannot dedicate permanent space for a home office as currently required. I routinely use my dining room table with my notebook computer to do my personal business, but cannot telework from there. I am required to have an approved, dedicated workplace, documented by pictures and personally inspected and approved by my government supervisor. Lets get realistic and relax definition of home workspace to include space and tables temporarily used for telework that become the family dining table at lunch and suppertime.

Mon, Jan 31, 2011

Left work at 4:30 from Silver Spring MD. Heading up 29N. Got home well after 1:00 in the morning and then had to shovel out my parking space. Precipitation wasn't that bad, never did find out what STARTED the blockage on 29, but then the slush piled up and everyone ground to a halt for hours. No police, no plows - it was chaos. How could Montgomery County do such a good job w. last year's blizzard and not with a few inches of slush?

Mon, Jan 31, 2011

As a TSA Contractor, we were informed that OPM early release does not apply to us. Thus were were forced to continue our normal work schedule.

Mon, Jan 31, 2011 Patuxent River, MD

I had already planned to leave at 2:30 PM and took annual leave. It took 2 hours and 15 minutes from Patuxent River to Laurel, MD. Other than the truck parked in the middle of the road on Rt. 297 near Paper Mill Rd., there were no backups. The truck was there to remove a downed tree, but the truck was more of an obstacle than the tree. Drive an AWD Vibe which was adequate for the snow & slush.

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