The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow that will possibly have accumulations of 4 to 8 inches in D.C. and the Petworth community. Mayor Vincent Gray and the District's Snow Team will provide an update on snow related operations tomorrow morning.
The warning for snow is in effect from midnight tonight until 3 am on Thursday. The D.C. Snow Shoveling Law requires all property owners to maintain their sidewalks, walkways, and similar areas free of snow and sleet. Section 302.3 of the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) is in effect to prevent residents who have emergency situations as such medical needs or emergency meetings to be able to get out of their residences.
President Barack Obama gave a brilliant reason why the snow shoveling function is important. A Petworth resident was to meet with the president for an important policy meeting. The problem was that the streets in Petworth were not plowed and the person the president was waiting to see could not get to the White House The incident took place before Mayor Gray took office and the meeting tomorrow is to make certain that the city is ready for this snow emergency.
The statement from Mayor Gray is as follows: " In response to the currently anticipated heavy snowfall event, the District's Snow Team from the Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be available onsite at a salt dome to provide the latest update on the District's snow operations."
Mayor Gray and representatives from the Snow Team will also observe operations at the salt dome and speak with snow-plow operators and other staff. Mayor Gray will be at the Farragut Salt Dome on 414 Farragut Street, NE near the Fort Totten Metro Station on Wednesday March 6, 2013, from 10 a.m. to11 a.m.