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A snow emergency has been issued by DC Government, and takes effect at 7 a.m. During the snow emergency, vehicles which are parked on snow emergency routes after 7 a.m. will be ticketed and towed.

Meteorologist are predicting between five and eight inches of snow inside the District, and an additional four outside of the District; but within the DC metro area.

A DC resident who have his/her car towed while it's on a snow emergency route can expect to pay a hefty fine before their car is released to them. The government's website states that fees and fines could be:

•$250 ticket for the snow emergency violation.
•$100 tow fee.
•$20 per day storage fee.

The snow emergency is necessary for the District Snow Team (Department of Public Works [DPW] and Department of Transportation [DOT]) to be able to clear the snow emergency routes from curb to curb. The city has 287 snowplows that will be on the streets, beginning at 9 p.m.

DPW Director William Howland, Jr said in a release. “We are ready, our equipment is ready and we have plenty of salt."

DC Government says that vehicles which will be told by DPW will be taken to the DPW Impound Lot at 5001 Shepherd Parkway, SW, but residents can call the Towed Vehicle Locator office at 202.541.6083, and also http://dpw.dc.gov/service/locate-towed-vehicle and towww.snow.dc.gov.

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/.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until the mayor's office lists the emergency.

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