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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Morning rush is going to be a mess.”

The evening produced a meager dusting, but meteorologists insist that the snowflakes are coming. Most of the city is expected to see snowfall of 4 to 6 inches, while surrounding counties might see upwards of 8, making today’s storm the biggest of the season. And (surprise!) it falls on the second day of spring. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for D.C. Dozens of schools are closed for the day—check here for a full list—while Metro buses will reduce service by 60 percent. (WMATA also plans on reducing the number of trains in circulation today, so expect a longer commute.) Mayor Muriel Bowser, meanwhile, has declared a snow emergency for the city through Thursday morning, which means motorists are restricted from parking along certain corridors. Three shelters will remain open all day: the Kennedy Recreation Center, King Greenleaf Recreation Center, and Emery Recreation Center.

Some important numbers to bookmark today:

  • Call (202) 727-5000 if you think you’ve been towed.

  • Call (202) 399-7093 or 311 for the city’s free shelter hotline, a service that helps coordinate transportation to a safe place for the homeless.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Comp Plan hearing was a marathon. At 8 hours, nearly half of the 273 residents signed up to testify hadn’t spoken yet. [WCP]

  • One person is dead and two others have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a Maryland high school on Tuesday. [WAMU]

  • A guide to what happened at Tuesday’s record-breaking D.C. Council hearing. [Post]

  • A scathing D.C. Auditor report alleges that the city’s main affordable housing preservation fund has been plagued by chronic mismanagement. [WCP]

  • What happens now to Mike Isabella’s $30 million food empire? [WCP]

  • A year-old express bus service in D.C., operated by the city, reportedly serves predominantly white customers. [WTOP]

  • Nearly half a million people are expected to march downtown this weekend for March for Our Lives. The mayor says D.C. is equipped to manage the crowds. [Post]

  • The Anthem creates a musical space of support for students before the March For Our Lives. [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Post editorial board: Trayon White’s blunder speaks to larger conspiracy theories. [Post]

  • More about Tuesday’s rather long Council hearing on future development. [Times, WBJ]

  • D.C. keeps growing, but its 2017 growth was its slowest in nine years [District Measured]

  • Bowser trolls Marco Rubio by annotating his letter on D.C. gun laws in red ink. [Twitter]

  • Bowser administration makes security plans for Saturday’s March for Our Lives. [WJLA]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jesse Shepherd, the organizer of next month’s The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose festival in Takoma Park, talks with Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth about John Fahey and American Primitive. [Aquarium Drunkard]

  • Hot take: The U.S. Botanic Garden is the best museum on the National Mall, and you need not look further for evidence than its latest orchid exhibition. [Post]

  • As Bethesda’s Round House Theatre undergoes a $14 million renovation next year, its 2018/2019 season will take place at Shakespeare Theatre’s Lansburgh Theatre. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • A local artist talks about visiting the same Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings at the National Gallery of Art for decades. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Let’s Go To Church: Georgetown gains a 7,000-square-foot beer hall next week. [WCP]

  • On top of everything else, cocktails were named after sex conquests abroad. [Washingtonian]

  • Fuel up here during the #MarchForOurLives protest. [Eater]

  • In case your plans call for a luxury brunch. [DCRefined]

  • OpenTable wants to help make restaurants a safe place for women. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A nightmarish tale of outlandish utility costs and the bureaucracy. [PoPville]

  • An interactive map of all the affordable housing in D.C. preserved or created with HPTF dollars. Try to guess which ward has the fewest number of affordable unitsthe answer won’t surprise you. [D.C. Auditor]

  • Eleventh time’s the charm? Yet another WeWork comes to D.C. [WBJ]

HAPPENING TODAY (but check for cancellations):

  • ANC 5C meets today at 7:00 p.m. 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE.

  • ANC 3F meets today at 7:30 p.m. 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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