“Mayor Bowser to Deploy DC Snow Team – 1-3 Inches of Snow Possible Overnight”

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From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser has directed the DC Snow Team to go into a full deployment Monday, February 8. The District will deploy more than 200 plows by noon, based on predictions of a system that begins with rain during the day but may change to snow possibly in time for the evening rush hour. Accumulations are not known at this time but there could be 1-3 inches overnight Monday night into Tuesday, and the morning rush hour also could be affected. The low temperature Monday night is predicted to be 32F. Tuesday’s forecast is for a 50% chance for rain and snow with a high of 40F.

Plows will be positioned on bridges and overpasses as well as the freeways, major routes and residential streets to monitor conditions and spread salt or plow when necessary. The deployment will continue until the threat of snow has passed.

Motorists are asked to drive cautiously and, if possible, take public transportation instead of driving. Before the storm begins, residents and businesses should apply abrasives, e.g., pet-friendly deicer, salt, non-clumping kitty litter) to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing. This also will allow easier removal of snow and ice from the sidewalks after the storm ends.

The DC Snow Team asks residents and business owners to go to snow.dc.gov and listen to radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information. The social media sites below also will provide information about the DC Snow Team’s deployment.”

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  • So, what are we looking at, 3 hour delay or fully closed?

    • I’m wondering if they’ll close to avoid another total disaster like the one caused by the 1″ we got before the big storm. Even if conditions aren’t *supposed* to be as bad, it’d reflect terribly on them if people get stuck again.

    • west_egg

      If we get even a little bit of sticking snow overnight/early a.m. I think at least a delay will be a must. It seems silly to delay or close for a disruption, but the fact of the matter is that our roads are jam-packed with traffic on the best of days.
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      I remember a year or two ago when we had a light snowfall during the morning rush and it was just chaos. This is not — I repeat, NOT — the fault of individual drivers who “don’t know how to handle the snow! [insert machismo].” Our roads simply don’t have the capacity for all the cars + extra space/caution due to conditions. And let’s not forget that it’s impossible for snow crews to treat/clear roads that are packed with vehicles.

  • Snowzilla was a nor’easter storm, and hence brought a lot of snow. This is nothing of the sort. Furthermore, the ground is not as cold as it was for the one-inch snowfall that preceded Snowzilla, so there won’t be a major ice problem (not in the District, anyway). This will, I predict, be a minor affair. But the District, afraid of a repeat of the criticism it got for being ill-prepared in January, is going a bit overboard with preparations in February. As in previous years, I fear we’re going to see streets coated with salt.

    • I’m with you dcjack, it’s supposed to be at or above freezing for the entire snow event in the District, so I’m thinking the city streets won’t be bad at all. The suburbs, where it could drop colder during the snow, could face some significant icing problems though. It’s going to be really cold on Thursday through the weekend, though, so anything that is left is going to freeze pretty well.

  • I hope the Fed Gov closes. I really don’t want to get stuck in traffic for hours because of all the slippery roads and accidents.

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