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(Washington, DC) Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland, Jr., and District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein are advising residents traveling this afternoon to use caution, give themselves plenty of time, and be wary of possible icy conditions on roadways. To promote clearing snow curb-to-curb, a snow emergency went into effect at 9 am today.
“This storm may be small considering the size of the previous two storms,” said Mayor Fenty. “However it is just as important to be wary of icy conditions possible for this evening’s rush hour. People must give themselves plenty of time to arrive at their destination, do not rush, and anticipate possible delays.”
Of particular concern will be temperatures that will drop below freezing this evening. Roadways will be very wet with a possible rain and snow mixture forecasted.
DDOT and DPW crews deployed again this morning starting at 8 a.m. to pre-treat now cleared roadways with brine and salt in anticipation of the storm headed toward the region. The National Weather Service is predicting 1-3” of snowfall mixed with some rain to begin falling on Monday and ending in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
“Some of our crews have moved back to a pre-treatment operation while others continue to clean up from last week’s storms,” said DDOT Director Klein. “We have made fantastic progress and many of the National Highway System roads, the large corridors and highways throughout the city, are now clear curb-to-curb. We have more work to do and will continue with hauling operations while our District crews focus on putting down brine and salt in anticipation of icy conditions this evening.”
The city’s neighborhood streets are also seeing significant progress with the vast majority of neighborhoods seeing bare pavement. Residents have been working hard as well clearing out snow covered vehicles and sidewalks. However, many sidewalks still need to be shoveled and District officials continue to ask residents to work together, form snow shovel teams, and work on routes, specifically sidewalks known to be used as routes to get to and from neighborhood schools.
“Once schools are back in session we want our children to have a safe walking environment and not have to walk in the city streets,” said DPW Director Howland. “The city streets are nearly clear and we need those sidewalks cleared as well. Please, please, work with local officials to identify which sidewalks need to be cleaned and then form a shoveling team with your neighbors, parents, and young people to get those sidewalks cleared out and made pedestrian safe.” Director Howland also acknowledged motorists’ cooperation with previous snow emergencies.
DDOT’s Urban Forestry crews continue to haul away broken limbs and branches and debris from fallen trees. To request a tree or other city service phone the Mayor’s Call Center at 311.