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DC Public Schools will be closed on Thursday February 13, 2014

District prepares for a major snowstorm
District prepares for a major snowstorm
Photo by Professor Metze

Due to the expected snow, District of Columbia Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 13, for all students and school-based staff.

Administrative office staff will follow the decision of the DC government, which is expected tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Mayor Vincent Gray has declared a Snow Emergency, set to go into effect at 6:30 p.m. today, in anticipation of the District’s first major snow storm in four years. The Snow Team is in full-deployment mode, with more than 200 plows set to treat the city’s streets starting tonight.

In addition, the District’s human-services agencies are preparing to respond to the threats to homeless and vulnerable populations posed by the extreme cold that is expected to accompany the snow storm and last through the remainder of the week.

The National Weather Service has stated the current snow storm that has disabled other cities totally unprepared for the heavy snow is an historic event. The National Weather Service Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland has stated that snow will hit South Carolina in amounts unseen in recent history.

District of Columbia residents are being asked to stay off the roads to allow the snow vehicles to have access. Residents are also reminded to clear sideways and walkways. Gray will address the District of Columbia response to the storm tomorrow with members of the District’s Snow Team, public-safety officials and human-services officials will discuss the status of the District’s response to the snow and other winter precipitation expected to affect the District and the entire region this evening and will continue through the afternoon of February 13.

The last major snowstorm in 2010 crippled the city and left many residents unable to get out of their homes. Gray has been planning for a major snow event and has successfully guided the city through several snow events.

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