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February 22, 2011

DC Government Open on Time and DC Public Schools Open 2 Hours Late Today-February 22, 2011 

People who must either drive or walk this morning should be aware that snow in some places has fall on sleet, leaving some surfaces icy.

(Washington, DC) - DC Government will open on time today and DC Public Schools will open on 2 hours late. Periodic updates will be provided throughout the day. All trains are leaving the stations on time.

All DC DMV facilities will open on time. For more information on DMV emergency closing schedule, please visit http://www.dmv.dc.gov/inlfo/DMVEmergencyClosures.shtm.

People who must either drive or walk this morning should be aware that snow in some places has fall on sleet, leaving some surfaces icy.

Residents and travelers are reminded to:

  • Take Metro as an alternative to driving.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.
  • If you must drive, drive cautiously and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
  • Keep a safe distance from emergency and snow 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 24 hours of the end of a snow/ice storm.
  • Be aware of hazardous road conditions, particularly black ice which can be deceptive in appearance and give the driver a false sense of security on the road.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Clear all the snow and ice from your vehicle’s hood, roof, windows and lights before driving.
  • Drive carefully on bridges, ramps and other elevated structures, which can freeze before the roadway.
  • Have an emergency “go-kit” in your car. Visit hsema.dc.gov to learn how to make your go-kit.

Where to find up-to-date information on snow closings, delays and traffic: 

DC government is registered with local media outlets that will announce information on government closings or delayed openings. They include:

  • WTOP – 103.5 FM / 103.9 FM
  • WAMU -88.5 FM
  • WHUR – 96.3 FM
  • WASH – 97.1 FM
  • WRC – TV 4
  • WTTG – Fox 5
  • WJLA TV – 7/8
  • WUSA - 9

Be sure to check your community listservs for information as well.

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