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Mayor Bowser to Deploy DC Snow Team This Evening to Treat Critical Areas Ahead of Potential Snow Fall

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Weather Alerts Through AlertDC

(Washington, DC) – With the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasting a dusting to less than one inch of snow to accumulate beginning early Wednesday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she will deploy the DC Snow Team this evening, December 10, at 11 pm to begin pretreatment of bridges, overpasses, and ramps throughout the District.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to register for important weather alerts from the District by signing up for AlertDC at The DC Snow Team also encourages residents and commercial property owners to apply abrasives such as rock salt, de-icer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls.

To report any concerns, residents should call the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.

For more information about DC’s snow program and preparing for winter weather, visit Ongoing updates are also posted on the social media accounts of the Department of Public Works (DPW): Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hypothermia Alert and Shelters

The Bowser Administration will activate the District’s the Hypothermia Alert at 7 pm this evening. Hypothermia alerts are activated when the NWS forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is or will be 32° F or below; or, when the temperature is forecasted to be 40° F or below, and the forecasted chance of precipitation is 50% or greater.

Access to Shelter

Hypothermia Shelters are open from 7 pm to 7 am anytime a Hypothermia Alert is called, except in recreation centers, where, due to previously scheduled programming, the shelter opens at 9 pm


  • Banneker Recreation Center at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am)
  • Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street, NW (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am)
  • Salvation Army (Co-Ed) at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW


  • New Covenant Baptist at 1301 W Street, SE
  • Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th Street, NE (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am.)
  • Community of Christ at 3526 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Seasonal Shelters are open as noted, November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020:


  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N Street, SW (9 pm – 7 am)


  • ·Malcolm X Recreation Center (Co-Ed) at 1351 Alabama Ave, SE (8 pm – 7 am)

Low-Barrier Shelters for individuals operate year-round and will be open 5 pm to 9 am If a Hypothermia Alert is issued, all shelters are open all day and will remain open during the extent of the Hypothermia Alert.


  • ·New York Avenue Shelter at 1355 New York Avenue, NE
  • ·801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
  • ·Adams Place Emergency Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE


  • ·Saint Josephine Bakhita at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7 pm)
  • ·Harriet Tubman at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Building #27
  • ·Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW


Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 4:30 pm and Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm. Families may also call the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093, or 311, at any time.