12/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2019 18:50
(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 alertdc.dc.gov. 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 snow.dc.gov. 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
Seasonal Shelters are open as noted, November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020:
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.
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.