01/25/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2021 22:59
Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Weather Updates at AlertDC.dc.gov
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she will deploy the District Snow Team this evening to prepare District streets for one to two inches of snow, as well as the possibility of freezing rain expected tonight. Air and pavement temperatures are expected to remain above freezing overnight and precipitation will change to rain after midnight. The Snow Team will deploy 48 heavy plows (6- and 10-wheel dump trucks) to apply salt to highways, streets, bridges, ramps, and other elevated structures.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) leads the District Snow Team with support from the Department of Transportation (DDOT), Department of General Services (DGS), Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Serve DC, and several other agencies.
Residents and commuters are encouraged to register for important weather alerts from the District by signing up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov. The District Snow Team also encourages residents and commercial property owners to apply abrasives such as rock salt, deicer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls. The Snow Team uses pet friendly deicer on District pedestrian bridges.
Buildings and COVID-19 Testing Sites
Pre-treatment and snow removal will begin tonight at municipal buildings, first responder locations, hypothermia centers, and homeless shelters.
Hypothermia Alert and Shelters
If you see someone outside in need of shelter or a welfare check, during freezing temperatures, call the Shelter Hotlineat 202-399-7093,or dial 311. If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911. Transportation to shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Winter Weather Tips
The District Snow Team will continue to monitor the weather forecast and adjust its response as necessary. For more information about DC's snow program and preparing for winter weather, visit snow.dc.gov.