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Mayor Bowser to Deploy District Snow Team in Preparation for the First Snow Fall of 2024

Thursday, January 4, 2024
Roadway Pretreatment Begins Thursday Evening at 7 pm on All Snow Emergency Routes

(Washington, DC) – In advance of a wintery mix that is predicted to begin Saturday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deploy the District Snow Team at 9 am on Saturday, January 6. Pre-treatment brine operations will begin this evening, on Thursday, January 4, at 7 pm on all snow emergency routes, including the National Highway System. 
The National Weather Service is forecasting that snow will begin on Saturday morning between 9 am to 11 am, turning to mostly rain by early noon with an accumulation of less than an inch. This mix of rain and snow will coat all surfaces, creating icy conditions for pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists. Residential and commercial property owners should spread abrasives (e.g., salt, pet-friendly deicer, or non-clumping kitty litter) on their sidewalks before precipitation begins to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls.  
The District Snow Team deployment will consist of 147 heavy plows (six- and 10-wheel dump trucks) to treat highways, streets, bridges, ramps, and other elevated structures and 87 light plows (pickup trucks) to treat smaller streets. Bike lanes across the District are serviced by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). DDOT’s bike-lane clean up team clears the protected bike lanes after the District Snow Team clears general motor vehicle travel lanes citywide. Protected bike lanes are usually cleared six to 24 hours after motor vehicle travel lanes.        
The Department of Public Works (DPW) leads the District Snow Team with support from 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 For preparedness tips and additional details on the District’s snow response, visit the Snow Season FAQ Guide.  
Residential Snow Clearing 
Residential property owners who are not enrolled in the Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program are required to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks also within the first eight hours of daylight following the end of a snow event.  
ServeDC urges residents to volunteer to clear sidewalks for senior residents and those with access and functional needs through the DC Volunteer Snow Team. Residents can register for the DC Volunteer Snow Team HERE.

Businesses and Streateries  
Commercial property owners are required to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks within the first eight hours of daylight following the end of a snow event.  DPW recommends that restaurant owners along the treated routes bring in all furniture and other elements within the outdoor dining areas, except for the barriers. Failure to do so may result in damage to the furniture or other streatery materials.     
Business owners should clear their sidewalks, parklets, and streateries of snow within eight daylight hours of the storm’s end. Business owner/permit holders are responsible for clearing out all snow within the outdoor dining area and ensuring sidewalks are accessible.    
Hypothermia Alert and Shelters  
Call 311 or the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 to request accessible shelter transport for individuals experiencing homelessness, who may have disabilities, other access and/or functional needs, and are outside. Transportation to shelter is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  If there is an immediate risk to safety, dial 911. 

For all animal emergencies, including pets left outdoors in extreme weather, call the Humane Rescue Alliance at (202) 723-5730.  
Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips  

  • Find your snow shovel and make sure it is adequate for another snow season. 
  • Check your supply of abrasives – deicer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter – and get more if necessary.
  • Avoid driving during the worst part of the storm. If possible, only travel during daylight hours, don’t travel alone, and stay on main roads instead of taking shortcuts.  
  • Have enough over-the-counter and prescription medications for your family and pets.  
  • Make sure your gutters are cleared of leaves. Call 311 to report clogged storm drains/catch basins and other non-emergency hazards or damage. 
  • Keep your vehicle’s fluids tanks – gas, water, antifreeze and windshield wiper – full.  
  • Have a flashlight, blankets, and scrapers in your vehicle before a storm begins.  
  • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and/or replace the batteries in existing devices.  
  • Do not use a gas oven, generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline burning device inside your home, basement, or garage.  
  • Avoid frozen pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run through the pipes.  

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  

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