Rain in Reston

Reston's holiday decorations get wet.

Reston's holiday decorations get wet.

One of the 'joys' of living in the Washington, DC area is the reaction when the weather forecast turns wintry.

Early Monday afternoon, the news anchor on WTOP was almost giddy as she announced the National Weather Service said it could get nasty within 24 hours.  Possibly "an inch of snow" (!!!!!!!!!) could be on the ground Tuesday morning.  

Within a few hours, the federal government announced its 'liberal leave' policy would be in effect.  

At dawn Tuesday, with an overcast sky and no rain, the radio station was leading with "Federal offices are open".  

And so they are, says the Washington Post.

A gentle drizzle began at about 9 a.m., and the weather folks promised the rain would get heavier later in the day.