District Snow Team

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About the Snow Team

The District’s snow program integrates multiple DC government agencies to achieve a single purpose: ensuring the District is safe to navigate after the end of a snowstorm and resuming normal government service and business commerce in an efficient, environmentally sustainable and safe manner.


The Department of Public Works (DPW) leads the District Snow Team with support from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to clear our streets of snow and ice. Other team members include:

Mayor Bowser will deploy the District Snow Team several hours before a storm starts so team members will be in place, ready to work when snow falls. How many resources – people, equipment and supplies – are involved will match the storm’s predicted intensity. 

When the snow team is at its full strength, more than 800 people and more than 500 plows (including municipal plows as well as contractors’ plows and rental plows) will be working, divided into 12-hour shifts for the duration. 

The Snow Team treats highways, commercial streets and residential streets simultaneously.