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DC Snow Team Deploys Thurs. Morning for First Accumulating Snow Storm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full deployment plan has plows on routes by 9 am

(Washington, DC) The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and District Department of Transportation) goes into a full deployment Thursday, January 17 with more than 200 plows on their routes by 9 am. Weather forecasters predict the storm will start as a rain/snow event then change to all snow in the afternoon. Possibly 3 to 5 inches of wet snow can accumulate before the storm ends around midnight. The high temperature is expected to be 38 degrees and the low 31 degrees and Friday is expected to be sunny with a high of 37 degrees and a low of 29 degrees.

"We want people to be aware that the change to snow probably will occur just before the afternoon rush hour,” said DPW Director William O. Howland Jr. “Everyone should be aware of the conditions and listen to the media for messages that might be issued by the federal and local governments regarding when to report to work and possible closures.”

To track the plows, go to visit:

Snow Safety and Preparedness Tips: People driving, walking or bicycling around the District should travel cautiously. Property owners are asked to pre-treat their sidewalks with abrasives and remove snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm, and assist their elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for our drivers’ safety and yours, “Don’t crowd the plow.” Residents are encouraged to go to for updates before, during and after snowstorms, 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.

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