“Mayor Muriel Bowser will deploy more than 200 snow trucks at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday”

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From DPW:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser will deploy more than 200 snow trucks at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 14 for a winter storm that could bring up to an inch of snow and sleet, starting around 4:00 a.m. This will be the District’s third full deployment this winter. All trucks should be on their routes by 3:30 a.m. to begin salting residential and commercial roadways. Temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be in the 20sF and rise to a high of 32F Wednesday. The storm is expected to end in the District in the afternoon. Tuesday morning, the Snow Team began pre-treating bridges, ramps and other elevated structures with the brine/beet juice mixture to reduce the chance of freezing.

This storm could affect Wednesday morning’s commute, so whatever the mode of travel, people are asked to be cautious. Property owners are asked to put abrasives (de-icer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter) on their sidewalks before the storm starts.

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.

The deployment plan is developed and implemented based on predictions made by the weather services; however, predictions may change after the plan has been implemented. Under those circumstances, the District Snow Team will pivot as best as possible to meet the new conditions.

Leaf and holiday tree collections are suspended and will resume after the streets are cleared.

The Department of Public Works will make every effort to follow its trash and recycling collections schedule; however, conditions in some neighborhoods may prevent collections from being made. Residents should hold onto their trash/recycling until the next collection day.”

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  • Cool so I’ll have 3 weeks of trash pretty soon.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      How much trash do you people accumulate? We (household of 2) haven’t had my trash collected in like 3-4 weeks (we don’t put it out every week), and we still haven’t filled one of the jumbo cans…

  • Please just don’t do what you did last time, don’t plow roads, don’t pick up trash, but tell parents to risk treacherous conditions to get kids to school on time! At least call for another 2 hour delay start. And please pick up our trash! The rats are loving the feast for 2 weeks now, enough already. 😉

  • Maybe they could get the trash picked up before the snow begins? Ha!

  • Brining ramps with beet juice? Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to give that a try!

  • And with 200 trucks out since 2:00 am, and 1/8 of an inch of snow lightly dusting the ground – schools are delayed 2 hours. You really can’t make this up.

    • Yeah, funny that Bowser felt it necessary to make it so blatant that she deserves the credit in the DPW release. It also seems that she is far more willing to spend money to make life easier for VA/MD car-commuters than she is for DC residents: send trucks around all night to make sure roads are clear rather than collect the trash that has accumulated over the past few weeks.

      At least it is cold enough to not smell terrible

      • Huh? People who live in DC don’t use roads?

        Given the state of the metro right now my choices today were walk or bike. Thankfully the roads were quite clear (unlike the sidewalks, ahem neighbors) so I was able to bike. My colleague who commutes the same route as me spent 85 minutes on metro to commute less than 4 miles so I think I made the right call, and I’m grateful for the salt.

        Frankly I don’t know when my trash was last picked up, nor am I terribly concerned. I don’t produce a lot of trash and the can is far from overflowing. Being trapped in my house because the sidewalks and roads are ice rinks is far worse on my quality of life scale than missing trash pick up especially when temps are below freezing.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Not to mention salt everywhere…great of the environment (and my pups feet)…

  • Eww @ kitty litter

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