Contact: 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 11 pm Wednesday, February 25 with a full deployment of more than 200 snow trucks that will be on their routes by 1 am Thursday, February 26. Wednesday morning, the District Snow Team began pre-treating bridges and ramps with a sodium-chloride brine mixed with beet juice to help retard freezing on these surfaces.
A light snow, possibly up to 1 inch is expected overnight starting after 1-2 am Thursday with temperatures in the 20Fs. Thursday’s high temperature is expected to be 30F with some sun possible in the afternoon.
Whatever the mode of travel, people are asked to be cautious because subfreezing 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 advise its trash and recycling collection customers that the extended period of subfreezing temperatures is affecting its ability to make its collections. If collections are missed, please hold onto the items until the next collection day.
To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/
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