City Desk

Morning Roundup: Snow Came, More Coming; D.C. Schools Are Open, and Badass!

badasscover-thumbSnow, baby! Whaddya say, about 3 to 6?

Several wimpy area school systems will be closed today (Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel), but not the District. The District is badass. Opening on time!

It should turn nice this afternoon. But look into the Capital Weather Gang's Snow Lover's Crystal Ball: There's more stuff coming! "At the moment, everything remains on track for a major winter storm beginning during the day Friday and continuing into Saturday," the gang reports. "A substantial accumulation of snow is becoming increasingly likely."

Who's organizing the snowball fight? Detective Baylor?

In other news, today is Tai Shan's last day on view at the National Zoo before he's FedExed to China. The underwear bomber is cooperating. And the Oscar nominations are out ("Be still, my horrified heart," writes Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper's film critic. "We perhaps all knew it was coming, but now it’s official: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes that Avatar was one of the best films of 2009.")

Metro riders at Shady Grove on Monday night were wondering what the crime tape and white sheet were all about. The Examiner reports that a 22-year-old man killed himself by jumping from the seventh floor of the parking garage:

It was the second major incident in three days that the agency did not share with the public. On Saturday, a maintenance vehicle carrying 20 workers slid on an icy rail into a truck on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations, causing a chain reaction that damaged four trucks. No one was injured, but the agency did not alert the public.

It also failed to notify its safety oversight group within two hours, as required.

Metro's anti-terrorism drill at Union Station yesterday—50 transit police officers, bomb technicians, M-4 rifles, and the scariest thing of all, McGruff the Crime Dog—will be followed by several more simulated tactical operations, the agency reports:

The first drill takes place on Friday, Feb. 12, in the parking lot at RFK Stadium. The scenario simulates an explosion on a Metrobus and an explosive found on a second Metrobus. The second exercise on Saturday, Feb. 13, entails an explosion on a Metrorail train in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail stations. The final tactical drill takes place Wednesday, Feb. 24, where active shooters are reported at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station.

Happy hump day.

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