Clouds Out, Plows Out! “District Snow Team Readies for Full Deployment in Advance of Overnight Snowfall”

by Prince Of Petworth January 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm 7 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

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.

Motorists are asked to drive carefully and remove any snow from their vehicles before travelling. As a precaution, property owners should spread an abrasive – rock salt, deicer, or non-clumping kitty litter – on their sidewalks.

Property owners – residential and commercial – are reminded that they are required to remove snow from their sidewalks within the first eight hours of daylight after a snow event ends. Residents who are homeowners and live in their own homes and are age 65 or older and/or living with a disability may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement. For further information about the exemption process and to receive an application, call 311.”

  • NH Ave Hiker

    All that for a dusting to an inch XD

    • maxwell smart

      Those roads aren’t going to pothole themselves.

    • James

      You are probably the same person who complains when there is an inch or 2 and the city becomes a standstill due to not being prepared.

      • Trinidaddy

        city becomes a standstill regardless of any ‘preparation’…that’s just how we do!

        • maxwell smart

          Right? The city is a standstill everyday during rush hour regardless of the weather conditions.

    • Anon. no. 5

      I used to think that it was silly as well for less than an inch or two of snow, but then I had to drive home from work one evening rush hour last winter on a similarly forecasted day where no roads were treated. It was not pretty. I think the Mayor even said, whoops sorry we missed that one.

      • flieswithhoney

        Yup, I was rear-ended last winter when untreated roads turned to ice unexpectedly. Better safe than sorry. Also, OPM, refresh, repeat. :)


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