White House cancels press briefing, citing snow-related federal closures

The White House on Monday announced it will not hold its daily press briefing due to the closure of federal offices prompted by snowy weather across the Washington, D.C., area.

The National Weather Service on Monday morning issued a winter storm warning for the District of Columbia and adjacent counties in Maryland and Virginia. The warning, which will remain in effect until 4 p.m., cautioned that snow accumulations across the District, the Washington metropolitan area and parts of Northern Virginia could total 5 to 10 inches.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management on Sunday night announced that federal offices in the nation’s capital would be closed on Monday because of the snow storm. As a result, “there will be no press briefing today,” the White House said in a statement circulated by a pool reporter on Monday morning.

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