DC Snow Team To Deploy this Sunday For Predicted Wintry Mix

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From DPW:

“The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will deploy more than 200 plows to commercial and residential streets Sunday morning, December 8 to be on site in advance of the upcoming wintry mix of freezing rain and snow. Meteorologists predict the storm will move in Sunday morning, starting as snow and maybe accumulating about 1-2 inches. Snow is expected to change to freezing rain/sleet for most of Sunday afternoon into the evening. The temperature is expected to hover at or around 32F- 34F and then, start to rise Sunday night around midnight into Monday morning and change to all rain.

The team is closely tracking the weather. If there is no rain Saturday, crews will apply the brine/beet juice solution to bridges, ramps, other elevated structures and challenging residential streets to reduce the chance of freezing.

“Freezing rain is the most dangerous winter condition there is, so we urge residents to stay safe and stay home,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Make this a time for enjoying family, rooting for your favorite football team or catching up on that book you’ve been meaning to read.” Director Howland added that freezing rain also may result in loss of power, so residents should be prepared. Pepco strongly urges everyone 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).

Property owners are asked 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.

DPW leaf collection crews are the backbone of the Snow Team; therefore, leaf collection will be suspended starting Friday, December 6 through the end of the event. These crews will return to collecting leaves and will continue collections in Area A neighborhoods until they are finished.”

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  • As someone not too experienced with this kind of storm, what steps should I take with my home? Should I clear the sidewalks and walkways of leaves or will those actually add traction for those walking? If actual snow falls should I leave that down for traction before the ice storm and rain comes? Does ice melt help in a situation like this or will things just keep freezing?

    • I can’t tell if you are serious or joking.

      If we actually get snow it will most likely melt within a few hours. If it doesn’t shovel or broom it.

      If we get ice on the ground either shovel your sidewalk or put down salt.

      • Be nice to your neighbors and make sure they can traverse your sidewalk. If you rent or own you are responsible for shoveling, unless you live in a managed building where they take care of it. Ice melt probably would help in a situation like this because it lowers the freezing point of water and it sounds like the temperatures are not going to get extremely low during the storm.

        Shoveling ice/slush that is full of leaves doesn’t sound like fun.

    • Wet and/or wet and icy leaves can be treacherously slippery. Clear them before the storm hits.

  • DC has plows? Really?

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