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DPW prepares to fight the second major snow event of 2014

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The District of Columbia Snow Team (Departments of Public Works and Transportation) will have more than 200 plows on District streets by 8 a.m. on January 21, 2014. Snow is expected to fall during the morning rush hour and continue through Tuesday night. The high Tuesday is 36F and the low 12F. The snow is expected to end around 9-11 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday’s high is 22F and the low is 19F. The snow team will deploy tomorrow as forecasters predict possibly 3-6 inches of snow.

“We expect to work at least two 12-hour shifts, possibly longer, since the forecast is for temperatures well below freezing. The operation began Monday when crews applied a solution of brine and beet juice to bridges, other elevated structures and challenging streets to reduce the possibility of ice forming,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.

DPW asks property owners to treat their sidewalks with an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, a deicer or rock salt. This snow season, the Snow Team is testing the effectiveness of pet-safe deicer on bridges with pedestrian sidewalks. Motorists are asked to clear all snow from the vehicle first then drive cautiously. Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for plow drivers’ safety, “Don’t crowd the plow.” Residents are encouraged to go to snow.dc.gov for updates before, during and after winter storms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather. Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC.

“A front moving off the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Coast will develop a wave of low pressure over the Tennessee Valley that will intensify rapidly moving off the North Carolina Coast by Tuesday afternoon/evening. The storm will continue to deepen Tuesday night into Wednesday morning moving just off the Mid-Atlantic Coast paralleling the Northeast Coast to just off Cape Cod by Wednesday morning,” the National Weather Service said.

The Snow Team reminds property owners to treat their sidewalks with an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, a deicer or rock salt. This snow season, the Snow Team is testing the effectiveness of pet-safe deicer on bridges with pedestrian sidewalks. Motorists are asked to clear all snow from the vehicle first then drive cautiously. Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for plow drivers’ safety, “Don’t crowd the plow.” Residents are encouraged to go to snow.dc.gov for updates before, during and after winter storms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather. Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC.

The District of Columbia Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday. “Due to the anticipated inclement weather predicted to hit the DC area on Tuesday, all District of Columbia Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, 1/21 for all students and school-based staff. All after school programs, athletic events and evening programs are cancelled as well. School-based essential personnel, custodians and engineers, should report on time or as soon as is practical and safe considering the expected weather. DCPS central office staff should continue to monitor the website for updates about administrative offices as a decision is expected early Tuesday morning,” DCPS said.

WTOP radio will provide constant updates on school closings and weather conditions on 103.5 FM.

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