The snow emergency will be lifted as of 2 pm Tuesday, February 17.
When a snow emergency is declared, motorists may not park on the streets designated as snow emergency routes. Snow emergency tickets are $250.
The District of Columbia begins planning for winter weather months in advance. Equipment must be serviced, vehicles inspected, personnel trained, supplies ordered and snow removal routes evaluated to ensure readiness for the first flake.
The Dry Run showcased about 250 pieces of equipment, including front end loaders that fill the plows with salt, tow trucks used to remove vehicles parked illegally during a snow emergency, and tanker trucks used to pre-treat the major roadways. In addition to drivers, team members include IT, quality control, safety and salt dome staff.
As in other jurisdictions, public safety determines the priority for snow removal in the District. Clearing and salting efforts focus first on major roads, commuter thoroughfares and designated Snow Emergency Routes. Streets that are narrow, steep, or shaded, receive special attention, as do those streets scheduled for next-day trash collection.
The District has 345 pieces of equipment and approximately 750 personnel available for any given storm. This includes additional contract plows, if necessary, for major weather events. In addition, the District Snow Team is now using improved route plans – first implemented in 2008 – which divide the city's neighborhoods into 82 smaller, more manageable routes.
The District's Snow Team is committed to faster completion of plowing and salting along major roads and residential streets, which in turn means more rapid return of normal traffic flow and earlier resumption of trash collection and other city services. Residents are reminded to please be patient and allow sufficient time for snow operations to be implemented. If their streets still have not been treated or plowed in a reasonable amount of time they should call the Mayor's Call Center at 311.
For more information on the District of Columbia Snow Removal and Treatment Plan, please visit the Useful Information section.