(CNN) – The impending blizzard expected to slam the White House and its surrounding neighborhoods over the weekend is not interfering with President Obama's schedule, White House aides say.
The president was traveling freely around town as the potentially record-breaking snow storm nicknamed by locals as "the snowmageddon" got under way Friday afternoon.
When spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether the storm would impact Obama, he said "no" and noted that the president "doesn't even have to shovel the walk."
Obama was on the move Friday morning, attending events nearby at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and at the Oasis Mechanical Contractors business in Lanham, Maryland. On Saturday he is expected to address the DNC Winter Meeting held at a hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
The president traveled in a black souped-up armored suburban while other support vehicles and the 16-passenger vans that normally carry the press corps in the presidential motorcade were replaced with black "Aspen" Chrysler SUVS because of their four-wheel drive capability.
But while Obama remained mobile, he gave a gentle warning to the employees at the Oasis, telling them to "stay out of the snow!"
The White House will not be closing four hours early along with the rest of the federal agencies, but Gibbs elected not to do his normal on-camera afternoon briefing to allow staffers in the press office to head out early.
When a light snow hit the Washington area a year ago, the president was amused that his daughters' school was closed. He joked at a photo op with business leaders, "My children's school was canceled today because of what - some, some ice....As my, as my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never canceled."
The president then raised some eyebrows when he took DC residents to task, saying "We're going to have to try to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town...when it comes to the weather folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things..."
When asked what the president thought of this snow storm, Gibbs said that "even a transplanted Hawaiian from Chicago has respect for a forecast of two feet of snow."