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DC Snow Team Deploying at 5pm, 1-2 Inches Expected

by Prince Of Petworth January 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm 11 Comments

From DPW:

“The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will deploy more than 200 plows Thursday, January 2, at 5 pm to be on site in advance of this year’s first snow event. The team will apply salt to major roadways as well as residential streets simultaneously. The event will start as rain this afternoon then mix with snow around 5-7 pm. Precipitation will change to all snow after 8 pm. The daytime temperature in the 40sF will drop to 32F around 9PM tonight. Forecasters predict 1-2 inches of snow through 3-4 am Friday and the air temperature will remain below freezing throughout the day.

“The extremely low temperatures and high winds are our primary challenges to clearing snow from the streets keeping them clear of blowing snow,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Fortunately, this is a fast-moving system that won’t produce a heavy accumulation.”

DPW leaf collection crews are the backbone of the Snow Team and the collections schedule has been disrupted in November and December by the multiple deployments to fight snow and ice storms. This schedule delay also affects holiday tree and greenery collections, which began December 30. As a result of today’s deployment, leaf/holiday tree collections will be suspended until the roadways are passable. Residents whose trash and recyclables are collected by DPW may put their holiday trees and other greenery where their trash/recyclables are collected.”

  • andy2

    Capital Weather Gang just upped the total to 1-3″…it could be a nice surprise 3 day weekend!

    • Anonymous

      Ah, thanks for that update. I’m packing up for the day and was debating whether to lug my laptop home in case it becomes a work-from-home day. That’s seeming likely now.

      • domrep

        As much as I would love to have a day off tomorrow, I doubt they will close for an inch of snow + coupled with the fact that people are still on holiday break.

      • Anonymous

        I wish I got to pack up for the day before 4:30PM. What time do you get in? 6AM?

  • Anonymous

    We had multiple snow and ice storms in November and December? In DC?

    • Anonymous

      The first of the YEAR. Meaning, 2014.

      • Anonymous

        I was referring to this sentence, at the beginning of the third paragraph:

        .
        DPW leaf collection crews are the backbone of the Snow Team and the collections schedule has been disrupted in November and December by the multiple deployments to fight snow and ice storms.
        .
        Leaves stayed uncollected on our block for weeks, but I don’t recall multiple snow and ice storms.

      • Anonymous

        I think the commenter was referring to this portion: “the collections schedule has been disrupted in November and December by the multiple deployments to fight snow and ice storms.”

    • Anonymous

      Multiple deployments. The storms themselves didn’t turn out to be a particularly big deal, but they had to be prepared if they did.

      • kyle-w

        Exactly..

        Gray knows darn well if he screws up a snowstorm, he is on his way out.

        Apparently DC can forgive corruption, but if you screw up a snowstorm, you are screwed.

  • Anonymous

    Get out and do your sidewalks tonight, please. That slush is going to freeze solid overnight, and then we’re stuck with it til Tuesday.

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