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District Urges Residents and Visitors to Stay Off Roads for Duration of Storm

Friday, January 22, 2016
Blizzard forecasted to arrive between 1 and 3pm today

In advance of the pending blizzard, Mayor Bowser and her Administration are urging all residents and visitors to find shelter, and stay in place, prior to the start of the storm. The storm is expected to bring more than two feet of snow to the District, with sustained winds up to 50 miles per hour. 

The blizzard will be dangerous and potentially life threatening. During the storm, people should avoid being out on the roads, for their own personal safety. The public’s cooperation is also critical for the city’s emergency personnel and first responders, who will need to use major arteries to respond to any emergencies. 

At 9:30 this morning, Mayor Bowser declared a snow emergency – meaning that all cars parked in snow lanes must be removed.  Otherwise they will be towed. The Mayor will lift the snow emergency after the snow event has ended.

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