Move Your Car if on an Emergency Route! Snow Emergency Goes Into Effect at 7 AM tomorrow

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Update from AlertDC 6:50pm:

“NWS has revised and updated the Winter Storm Warning. The Warning has gone into effect, and will be in effect until noon tomorrow. Forecast total snow accumulations are 6-10 inches. Heaviest snowfall is expected between 8PM tonight and 5AM Tues morning. Please drive only if it is absolutely necessary.”


During the snow emergency that goes into effect Tuesday, February 17, DCUSA neighbors may park in the garage for $1.00. Please follow these instructions:

Please get your ticket at the kiosk and park on P2 level. Keep the ticket in your car. Go to the parking office and give the staff your tag number and make, model, and color of your car.
When you are ready to leave the garage, return to the parking office, pay the $1 and leave as usual.”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“With a heavy snowfall predicted, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today that a snow emergency will go into effect at 7 am on Tuesday, February 17. 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 am to 6 pm, the telephone number is 202.645.5500. The lot is closed weekends, holidays and when DC government is closed. Vehicles also may be towed by private towing companies, and vehicle owners can learn where their vehicle has been towed by calling the Towed Vehicle Locator office at 202.541.6083. 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 —”

2 Comment

  • Just came from Balto. Roads are terrible. Can’t imagine them in a few hours. DO NOT if not am emergency. Be safe everyone!

  • Does anyone know what DC’s policy is for ticketing cars parked in a metered zone that’s NOT a snow emergency route? Will they still give tickets on a day like today if you don’t pay the meter and move your car every two hours?

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