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It’s certainly cold enough for rain to freeze into snow, but will it happen this week? Forecasts predict that D.C. could see a “significant to perhaps severe winter storm” beginning Friday and enduring into Saturday. We’re keeping track of these snow-watchers with a daily panic index, which on Monday registered a two out of five. What will today bring?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Ward 3 lacks a cold-weather shelter for men, as St. Luke’s Mission Center is no longer open. [City Desk]
  • Two separate rails cracked near Metro’s East Falls Church station this morning, resulting in delays. [Post]
  • The chair of now defunct pro-Muriel Bowser FreshPAC says he never lobbied for Exelon. [Loose Lips]
  • GWU students are concerned about a proposed police-reform bill before the D.C. Council. [GW Hatchet]
  • Residents in densely populated areas in Northwest are reportedly complaining about garbage. [WJLA]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • “Gotta Go-Go”: Advocates who gathered this past weekend held a “civil disobedience” go-go gathering.
  • Encampment Cleanups: The District continues to sweep and conduct outreach at local homeless camps.
  • Vegan Pork Rinds: If that sounds like an oxymoron to you, read our write-up of them at Smoke & Barrel.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ward 3 left without a cold weather homeless shelter. [City Desk]
  • FreshPAC chairman says he didn’t lobby on Exelon’s behalf after all. [LL]
  • Go-go enthusiasts rally against Muriel Bowser. [Arts Desk]
  • Ward 7 residents disappointed after Walmart bails. [Huffington PostTimes]
  • More treehouse anxiety. [Post]
  • Brookland MS parents complain about rowdy students. [Times]
  • More on the new head of the police union. [Blade]
  • Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum opens great exhibit with lots of District politics. [Smithsonian]

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

  • How local producer Yudu Gray Jr. and his studio in Hyattsville, House Studio, landed in the liner notes for Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly. [Post]
  • Bob Boilen‘s five favorite Tiny Desk Concerts. [Washingtonian]
  • Three shot and wounded outside State Theatre after a go-go show. [Post]
  • At the Reeves Center, a go-go protest against Mayor Muriel Bowser. [Arts Desk]
  • The story of how hit ballet The Winter’s Tale, which opens at the Kennedy Center this week, almost never made it to the stage. [Post]
  • Read our review of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The best hookup bars in D.C. [DCist]
  • The best cideries in Virginia and Maryland [Washingtonian]
  • Momofuku CCDC’s to-go lunch specials will now be available every weekday. [Post]
  • Ping Pong Dim Sum to close Dupont location. [Borderstan]
  • D.C. issues new rules for pub crawls [Barred in DC]