(Washington, DC) National Weather Service is forecasting precipitation in the form of snow for the Washington, DC area. The snow is scheduled to begin between the hours of 10 am and noon, Wednesday, January 19th. Snow accumulations are predicted to be between one-half and 2 inches. The storm is scheduled to move through quickly, ending around 6 pm.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) will deploy trucks and crews beginning at 9 am Wednesday. Initial crews will pre-treat with de-icer and salt concentrating on bridges, overpasses and main roadways in anticipation of the afternoon rush hour. Crews will continue throughout the day to treat secondary roadways and residential streets. DDOT/DPW will have a total of 120 light and heavy trucks mobilized throughout the storm; the four larger salt domes will also be operational.
Commuters are encouraged to monitor the media throughout the day for continued traffic and street reports; travelers are urged to use Metro if possible.
Temperatures throughout this storm are forecast to be below freezing and drivers are asked to be cautious and watch for icy conditions.