(Washington, DC) The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and the District Department of Transportation) goes into a full deployment of close to 200 trucks at 9 pm Monday, January 17, to treat a predicted wintery mix of light snow and sleet. Forecasters predict a coating to an inch of accumulated snow and sleet, with the precipitation changing to rain after midnight. Today, trucks are out pre-treating bridges, ramps and elevated structures. Overnight temperatures will go from below freezing to above freezing by early Tuesday morning. The Snow Team will continue its work through the morning rush hour if necessary.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when they venture out, especially early Tuesday morning. Property owners are asked to apply abrasives to their sidewalks, which may be slippery and slushy by morning when students and adults will walk to school and work. Just last week, DDOT and DPW launched a public awareness campaign, “Is Your Sidewalk Shoveled?”, to remind residents and businesses how important it is for them to clear the walkways around their property.
Residents and travelers are also reminded to:
- Take Metro as an alternative to driving in winter conditions.
- If you drive, use caution and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
- Keep a safe distance from emergency and snow removal vehicles and please use caution when attempting to pass a snowplow. Give the drivers plenty of room to safely do their jobs.
- Clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 8 hours of the end of a snow/ice storm.
- Help elderly or disabled neighbors and relatives treat or clear their steps and sidewalks.
For more information about the District’s snow and ice control plan, visit DDOT’s website at ddot.dc.gov or DPW’s website at dpw.dc.gov.
You also can follow us on Twitter.com @DDOTDC or @DCDPW for regular updates on road conditions and snow removal efforts.
To report power outages and downed wires in the District, call Pepco at 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662).
For updates on Metro service visit www.metroopensdoors.com .