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Mayor Vincent Gray postpones State of the District address and prepares for snow

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Due to dangerous winter weather that is expected to affect the District starting tonight, Mayor Vincent Gray has closed the District government on Monday, March 3, 2014, and has decided to postpone his 2014 State of the District Address until Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Kelly Miller Middle School.

With dangerous winter weather expected to begin affecting the area tonight and to continue through much of the day tomorrow, Gray has closed the District government for Monday. He has also postponed delivery of his 2014 State of the District Address, which had been scheduled for tomorrow night.

Gray is asking residents to stay off the roads to allow snow plows and city workers access to the streets to clear snow and to salt the roads. A snow emergency will be in effect beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday March 3. The National Weather Service issued a severe weather alert as early as 10 a.m.

Long lines were seen at Safeway/Waterfront today as residents began to buy milk, paper towels, and other household items in anticipation of the snow storm. At 3 p.m. at the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station there was light rain; however, the streets were clear. Snowfall is expected to begin Monday.

District of Columbia Public Schools and all administrative offices will be closed on Monday, March 3 for all students, school-based staff and central office staff.

Due to the dangerous winter weather that is expected to affect the District starting Sunday night, all DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) aquatic centers, recreation facilities and administrative office are closed for Monday, March 3rd. All programs, events and activities are cancelled.

Registrations for Spring Break camp and spring programs scheduled for Monday, March 3rd, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 4th. For the latest updates, please follow DPR on Twitter (@DCDPR ) or visit our website at dpr.dc.gov.

With a heavy snowfall predicted, the District announced today that a snow emergency will go into effect at 7 am, Monday, March 3. By declaring a snow emergency, the District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will be able to clear snow emergency routes curb to curb. To learn where a vehicle has been towed, call the Towed Vehicle Locator office at 202.541.6083 or go to http://dpw.dc.gov/service/locate-towed-vehicle.Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes after 7 am Mon., March 3 will be ticketed and towed.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until an announcement is made that it has been lifted. Motorists are asked to tune into television and radio broadcast stations or go to www.snow.dc.gov for a notice that the snow emergency has been lifted.

Vehicles ticketed for a snow emergency violation and towed by DPW will be taken to the DPW Impound Lot at 5001 Shepherd Parkway, SW 20032. The lot is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, the telephone number is 202.645.5500. The lot is closed weekends, holidays and when DC government is closed. To have an impounded vehicle released, these fees must be paid before the vehicle will be released:

$250 ticket for the snow emergency violation.

$100 tow fee.

$20 per day storage fee.

Additional fees also may be required to be paid, e.g., fees for tickets older than 60 days that have not been entered into the adjudication system. These fees may be paid at the impound lot by bank debit card, credit card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) or online through the Department of Motor Vehicles Website --http://dmv.dc.gov/.

The Snow Team warns residents that ice and snow can accumulate on tree limbs, which can then pull down power lines and lead to power outages from downed wires. Should power outages occur, Pepco strongly urges the public to call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) to report power outages and downed wires (stay away from downed wires and report them immediately).

Residential and commercial property owners are asked to apply an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, rock salt or deicer before the storm begins. They also should be aware that sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm.

DC Snow Team Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips: 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. To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/.

Changes to the State of the District Address will be reported on this page. The snow conditions will be monitored.

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