Metro to Suspend Service During Blizzard

Metro has announced major service changes and suspensions on Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess in advance of a potentially historic blizzard affecting the National Capital Region. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Metro service area from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, and the effects of the storm are expected to impact the region into early next week.


  • On Friday, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. with service both above and below ground until 11 p.m.
  • At 11 p.m. Friday, the Metrorail system will close and will remain closed all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Metro will protect hundreds of railcars by storing them in the tunnels during the storm.
  • Information regarding the restoration of service will be provided via broadcast media outlets, social media, Metro’s website (, and the MetroAlerts system (email and text messages).


  • Bus service will begin the day Friday on a “severe” snow weather plan. Under the severe plan, buses operate only on major corridors. For details on which routes operate under the severe plan, visit
  • Operating on a “severe” service plan helps to ensure that customers and employees are not stranded once the storm begins.
  • Bus service will be suspended systemwide at 5 p.m. Friday as the storm moves into the region. The last buses will depart their origin points at 5 p.m. and operate to the end of the route before ending service.
  • Bus service will remain suspended on Saturday and Sunday.


  • MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will be suspended Friday after 6 p.m.
  • To prevent customers from being stranded, MetroAccess will not begin any new outbound trips after 1 p.m. Friday.
  • MetroAccess service will remain suspended on Saturday and Sunday.

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