D.C. Declares Snow Emergency, Has 200+ Plows Ready

Monday, Mar 3, 2014  |  Updated 10:33 AM EDT
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A snow emergency plan is in effect for the District of Columbia. Cars parked on snow emergency routes anytime after 7 a.m. will be ticketed and towed.

The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will go into a full deployment Sunday, putting more than 200 plows on District commercial and residential streets by 2 a.m. Monday.

“The prediction of freezing rain makes this storm more dangerous than if we were expecting only snow,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Travel will be difficult whether on foot or by motor vehicle, so please take every precaution to move about safely.”

He added that ice can accumulate on tree limbs, which can then pull down power lines and lead to power outages from downed wires.

Residential and commercial property owners are asked to apply an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, rock salt or deicer before the storm begins. They also should be aware that sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm.

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 your home and family prepared for inclement weather.

Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert D.C. To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/

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