Neighborhood night owls will start seeing DDOTs plows and salt trucks roaming the streets starting at 11 p.m. tonight.
The District Snow Team is urging people to travel cautiously, and to aid in that, it reminds property owners to shovel and treat their sidewalks, and to assist the elderly and disabled with clearing their sidewalks. If you have kids who’d like the job, let us know in the comments below.
DDOT press release below. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to hit the Giant and Calvert Woodley for bread, milk and wine!
DC SNOW TEAM DEPLOYS FOR THE “BIG ONE” TUE., MARCH 5 AT 11 PM
Forecasters predict up to 6-inches of snow to fall here Tues. night through Wed.
(Washington, DC) The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and the District Department of Transportation) will deploy about 230 plows citywide starting tonight at 11 pm. Forecasters predict rain Tuesday evening, followed by a rain/snow mix after 11 pm. Heavy, wet snow is expected to start falling in time for Wednesday’s am rush hour. The forecast calls for a total of six inches of snow and precipitation should end Wednesday night. Temperatures will hover in the low 30s.
“We may see heavy snow falling throughout Wednesday, so both am and pm rush hours will be critical periods for traffic safety,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Additionally, we urge commercial and residential property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours after the storm ends. While the Snow Team is taking care of the streets, we need property owners to handle the sidewalks so pedestrians can travel safely.”
Director Howland said that this storm probably not disrupt trash and recycling collection schedules, mechanical street sweeping will be suspended because the same employees who sweep the streets drive snow plows.
To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on http://snowmap.dc.gov/.
Snow Safety and Preparedness Tips: People driving, walking or bicycling around the District should travel cautiously. Property owners are asked to pre-treat their sidewalks with abrasives and remove snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm, and assist their elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for plow drivers’ safety and yours, “Don’t crowd the plow.” Residents are encouraged to go to snow.dc.gov for updates before, during and after snowstorms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather.
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