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DC Storm Team Goes Into Full Deployment Sunday, March 16, 2014 for Saint Patrick’s Day Snowstorm.

Friday, March 14, 2014

DC Storm Team Goes Into Full Deployment Sunday, March 16, 2014 for Saint Patrick’s Day Snowstorm.

Residential street sweeping suspended Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18, 2014. Thursday, March 20, 2014 is first day of spring.

(Washington, DC) The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will go into a full deployment at 8 pm Sunday, March 16, putting more than 200 plows on District commercial and residential streets by 10 pm.  Precipitation will start Sunday as rain then turn to snow after 9 pm.  About 2-4 inches of snow are predicted before the storm ends Monday night after a rain/snow mix.  The forecast calls for sub-freezing temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday with a high of 32F on Monday and 43F on Tuesday.

“Here we go again, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “We encourage everyone to be aware of road conditions and take the necessary precautions as they travel, whether on foot or by motor vehicle.”   

He noted that DPW’s residential street sweeping program will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18.  “The same dump trucks we use for street sweeping are the same trucks we use for snow removal.  Staff is spending the weekend converting these trucks back to snow vehicles,” he said.  Enforcement of street sweeping parking restrictions will be suspended as well.

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 one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather.  Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC.  To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows:  http://snowmap.dc.gov/.

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