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Thursday, January 2, 2014

(Washington, DC) The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will deploy more than 200 plows Thursday, January 2, at 5 pm to be on site in advance of this year’s first snow event.  The team will apply salt to major roadways as well as residential streets simultaneously.  The event will start as rain this afternoon then mix with snow around 5-7 pm.  Precipitation will change to all snow after 8 pm. The daytime temperature in the 40sF will drop to 32F around 9PM tonight.  Forecasters predict 1-2 inches of snow through 3-4 am Friday and the air temperature will remain below freezing throughout the day. 

“The extremely low temperatures and high winds are our primary challenges to clearing snow from the streets keeping them clear of blowing snow,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “Fortunately, this is a fast-moving system that won’t produce a heavy accumulation.” 

DPW leaf collection crews are the backbone of the Snow Team and the collections schedule has been disrupted in November and December by the multiple deployments to fight snow and ice storms.  This schedule delay also affects holiday tree and greenery collections, which began December 30.  As a result of today’s deployment, leaf/holiday tree collections will be suspended until the roadways are passable.  Residents whose trash and recyclables are collected by DPW may put their holiday trees and other greenery where their trash/recyclables are collected.  DPW does not collect trash/recyclables/holiday trees from residences with four or more living units.  These properties should have a private hauler handle their solid waste collections. 

Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips:  Property owners are asked to treat their sidewalks with an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, a deicer or rock salt.  This snow season, the Snow Team is testing the effectiveness of pet-safe deicer on bridges with pedestrian sidewalks.  Motorists are asked to clear all snow from the vehicle first then drive cautiously.  Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for plow drivers’ safety, “Don’t crowd the plow.”  Residents are encouraged to go to for updates before, during and after winter storms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather.  Residents also may sign up at to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC.