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The DC Snow Team battles the fourth major snow event of the year

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The District of Columbia Storm Team went into full deployment Sunday, March 16, 2014 for Saint Patrick’s Day Snowstorm as Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration battles the fourth major snow event of the year.

Residential street sweeping will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18, 2014. Thursday, March 20, 2014 is first day of spring.

The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) went into a full deployment at 8 pm Sunday, March 16, putting more than 200 plows on District commercial and residential streets by 10 pm. Precipitation started Sunday as rain then turned to snow after 9 pm. About 2-4 inches of snow are predicted before the storm ends Monday night after a rain/snow mix. The forecast calls for sub-freezing temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday with a high of 32F on Monday and 43F on Tuesday.

DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., echoed the lines of a favorite Dolly Parton tune when he said, “Here we go again, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. We encourage everyone to be aware of road conditions and take the necessary precautions as they travel, whether on foot or by motor vehicle.”

Howland said that DPW’s residential street sweeping program will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18. “The same dump trucks we use for street sweeping are the same trucks we use for snow removal. Staff is spending the weekend converting these trucks back to snow vehicles,” he said. Enforcement of street sweeping parking restrictions will be suspended as well.

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.

All District of Columbia Public Schools and administrative offices are closed on Monday, March 17, 2014 due to the inclement weather for all students, school-based staff and administrative office staff.

Examiner.com will be on the roads with updates on the snow removal.

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