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District Snow Team to Fully Deploy Saturday, February 14 for Winter Storm

Friday, February 13, 2015
While total accumulation may be slight, overnight freezing dictates caution when traveling by foot or vehicle.

Contact: Michael Czin (202) 355-4405
LaToya Foster (202) 355-5326 
Linda Grant (202) 671-2375
Reggie Sanders (202) 437-0809

(Washington, DC) Mayor Muriel Bowser will deploy the District Snow Team, starting at noon, Saturday, February 14 with a full deployment of more than 200 snow trucks that will be on their routes by 2 pm. The forecast calls for a rain/snow mix Saturday afternoon, changing to all snow with the heaviest band arriving between 5 pm and 7 pm. Snow is forecast to end sometime between  7 pm and 9 pm. The air temperature and road temperature for the start of the precipitation is forecasted to be around 37F-38F but will quickly drop through the afternoon, reaching a low of 11F overnight Saturday. The accumulation may be up to an inch on roadways before the system clears the District.

Whatever the mode of travel, people are asked to be cautious because sub-freezing temperatures are expected overnight. Property owners are asked to put abrasives (pet-safe de-icer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter) on their sidewalks before the storm starts.

Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips:  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 snow.dc.gov 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 alertdc.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC.

The deployment plan is developed and implemented based on predictions made by the weather services; however, predictions may change after the plan has been implemented. Under those circumstances, the District Snow Team will pivot to meet the new conditions.

The Department of Public Works would like to remind its trash and recycling collection customers that because of Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, Monday’s collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will slide to Tuesday and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday. Collections in twice-a-week neighborhoods also will slide. Monday’s and Thursday’s collectons will be made Tuesday and Friday while Tuesday’s and Friday’s collections will be made Wedneday and Saturday.

To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/

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