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Holy moly. Thanks to Dan for sending the shot above: “an awning blew off a roof somewhere, landed here on 20TH and O ST NW. Debris everywhere, hit the white SUV across the street. Looks like it smashed the windows of the vacant Ping Pong Dim Sum as well.”

Jonathan Padget snaps the photo below and writes: “Apparently Bristol House lost a rooftop structure. Old Ping Pong Dim Sum damaged, along with vehicle nearby.”

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“On Sunday, January 29, at 10:00 p.m., with the possibility of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulating overnight, the DC Government will deploy 130 trucks from the District Snow Team. Forecasters predict a light snow beginning Sunday at 10:00 p.m. and going through 4:00 a.m. Monday morning. With temperatures predicted to drop below freezing, it is likely that streets and sidewalks will freeze and any precipitation will stick. As an extra precaution, the District Snow Team has already started to pretreat major streets, highways, bridges, overpasses, and other elevated structures with a brine/beet juice mixture to help retard freezing.

Tonight’s deployment will continue until the threat of snow has passed. Plows will be positioned on bridges and overpasses as well as freeways, major routes, and residential streets to monitor conditions and spread salt or plow when necessary. Motorists are asked to drive cautiously and, if possible, take public transportation instead of driving. DC residents should be aware of hazardous road conditions, specifically black ice – a thin, clear sheet of ice that looks like pavement – which can be deceptive in appearance and give drivers a false sense of security on the road.

The DC Snow Team advises pedestrians and motorists to heed the following important safety tips: (more…)

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And remember:

“Free transportation to an emergency shelter or warming site is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Cold Emergency Alert. To request transportation to shelter for people in DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093 or 311. Include the time, address or location of the person, and a description of the person’s appearance.

Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Families can also call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.”

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From a press release:

“The District Snow Team will go into a full deployment on Thursday, January 5, with more than 220 plows scheduled to be on their posts by 3:00 p.m. Forecasters predict a light snow beginning as early as 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. On Wednesday, the District took the added precaution of pre-treating major streets and highways with its “hot mix.” The mix consists of brine and beet juice and helps retard freezing.

By 10:00 p.m. Thursday, there is a 60% probability of snow, possibly accumulating up to an inch. With temperatures predicted to be below freezing, it is likely that any precipitation will stick. (more…)

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“December, 15th the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will activate the city’s Cold Emergency Plan. The Cold Emergency will be activated during the morning hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. at it will stay activated until Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. Under a “Cold Emergency Alert” additional services and supports are provided to protect residents from life-threatening illness and injury associated with severe cold weather.

Key services provided during Cold Emergency Alerts include:

Access to Emergency Shelter—Low-barrier, Hypothermia, and Overflow emergency shelters are open during Hypothermia and Cold Alerts. Access to Overnight Warming Sites—In order to provide access to a warm and safe facility, designated public buildings, such as recreation centers, may open during the day or overnight. In cases where residents choose not to use the traditional low-barrier or hypothermia emergency shelters, these warming sites offer a warm and safe place to spend the night. Individuals may access these sites on their own or by contacting the Shelter Hotline for transportation. Overnight Warming Sites shall be in operation from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Some sites may open later than 7:00 p.m. based on regularly scheduled business operations.

Transportation to Warmth and Safety—Free transportation to an emergency shelter or warming site is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Cold Emergency Alert. To request transportation to shelter for persons in DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093 or 311. Include the time, the address or location of the sighting, and a description of the person’s appearance. Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday – Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Families can also call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.

The following are low barrier and alert night emergency shelters and warming site locations: (more…)