Snow Emergency in Effect Starting at 6:30 PM – Towing and Ticketing will be in Effect

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From ANC Rep Alex Padro:

“A Snow Emergency will be in effect, as of 6:30 PM. Don’t park on 7th Street, 9th Street, L Street, Rhode Island Avenue, New York Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue or face towing and a minimum $375 fine.”

Update from the Mayor’s Office:

“With a heavy snowfall predicted, the District announced today that a snow emergency will go into effect at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, February 12. 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

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 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 —”

8 Comment


  • I am setting the over/under on posts complaining about cars being towed *WITH NO WARNING WHATSOEVER* in tomorrow’s Rant & Revel post at 3. Takers for over? Under?

  • I picked the wrong week to quit drinking!

  • Nice map DC. Doesn’t even work on an ipad or iphone

  • we live on Hobart Pl nw off Georgia Ave.
    It’s NOT on the MAP as a Snow emergency route.
    There is a sign that says “Snow emergency route” on our street but It has never been enforced in the 7 years we have lived here.

    Yet all the cars on right side of street are getting towed right now.
    We were lucky to hear/see the tow trucks so we could move our cars to other side of street.
    Most of our neighbors our getting their cars towed (we did knock on doors, enforcement officials did not)
    There is a sign that says “Snow emergency route” on our street but It has never been enforced in the 7 years we have lived here, once again it is not on the official map.

    • Mine was towed. This is ridiculous. It is not on the map and there is no reason for Hobart Pl to be a snow emergency street. Harvard and Columbia, which straddle it, both are. I am livid.

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