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Mayor Bowser Directs DC Snow Team to Pretreat Roads in Advance of Forecasted Tuesday Night Snow

Monday, March 19, 2018

The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain overnight on Tuesday, continuing through Wednesday morning. The DC Snow Team will fully deploy with more than 200 heavy and light plows starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday to pretreat treat all National Highway System, primary, secondary and residential routes within the District. Residents and motorists can register to receive important weather alerts from the District on their devices by signing up for AlertDC at

“While Tuesday is technically the first day of spring, Mother Nature doesn’t seem ready to let go of winter just yet,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chris Shorter. “To prepare for the potential of several inches of snow, the DC Snow Team will fully deploy on Tuesday to pretreat all District roads and be ready to plow as necessary.”

To prepare for the snow and Wednesday morning commute, residents are encouraged to heed the following tips:
  • Take Metro as an alternative to driving.
  • If driving, do so cautiously and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
  • Keep a safe distance from emergency and snow vehicles and use caution when attempting to pass a snowplow. Give the drivers plenty of room to safely do their jobs.
  • Be aware of hazardous road conditions, particularly black ice which can be deceptive in appearance and give the driver a false sense of security on the road.
  • Drive and walk carefully on bridges, ramps and other elevated structures which can freeze before the roadway.
  • Cyclists should use caution and avoid biking directly on snow or ice.

The District’s Snow Team is committed to a quick completion of plowing and salting along major roads and residential streets, which in turn means a faster return to normal traffic flow and earlier resumption of trash collection and other city services. Residents concerned about the treatment or plowing of specific roads should call the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311. For more information about DC’s snow program and preparing for winter weather, or to see where District Snow Team plows are working, go to