Snow’s Coming

by Prince Of Petworth March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 40 Comments

Photo by Dan Jackson

Thanks to Dan for sending the shot above from the the Soviet Safeway in Dupont.

From the Mayor’s Office:

“With the National Weather Service forecasting between 2 and 13 inches of snow for Monday, March 13 going into Tuesday, March 14, the District Snow Team will go into full deployment on Monday evening, with more than 200 plows scheduled to be on their posts by 7:00 p.m. Precipitation is expected to start as rain Monday evening around 5:00 p.m. with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, then transition to snow within two hours. Throughout Monday night and into Tuesday morning, temperatures are expected to drop into the low 30s as the snow continues.

“The DC Government is utilizing every resource to prepare for forecasted snowfall in the coming days,” said Mayor Bowser. “We urge residents to continue monitoring weather updates and to take necessary precautions in the event we experience significant snow accumulation Monday night into Tuesday morning.”

On Sunday, March 12, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) began pretreating streets and highways with a mix of brine and beet juice that slows ice forming on roads, and the Department of General Services (DGS) pretreated sidewalks around DC Public Schools, Department of Parks and Recreation Centers, and Metropolitan Police Department and Fire and Emergency Medical Services properties. On Monday morning, DPW and DDOT will begin pretreating major roads and residential routes with rock salt and brine. As a precaution, residential and commercial property owners are advised to spread rock salt, de-icer, or non-clumping kitty litter on their sidewalks to prevent slips and falls.

Throughout the year, Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, has compiled a list of senior citizens and residents with access and functional needs who will need assistance with snow removal after a snow event. Residents interested in assisting with snow removal can join the DC Resident Snow Team at ServeDC.VolunteerHub.com. In the event of snow accumulation, volunteers will likely be deployed on Tuesday afternoon when the snow event ends and conditions are safe for snow removal.

DPW has suspended street sweeping for Tuesday, and all scheduled bulk trash pickup appointments for Tuesday are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

In addition, the Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), will continue the activation of the city’s Cold Emergency Plan. 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.

The DC Government activates the Cold Emergency Plan when the temperature and wind chill drop to 15° F or when the temperature, with wind chill, is 20° F and there is an accompanying meteorological event such as snow. DHS, HSEMA, and other agencies have determined that the weather, as forecasted, presents a danger, especially to residents who are experiencing homelessness.

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 operate 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 Washington, DC 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, from Monday to 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:

Hypothermia/Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters

Hypothermia/Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Women

-New Covenant Baptist Church: 1301 W Street, SE

-Community of Christ Church: 3526 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

-Sherwood Recreation Center: 640 10th Street, NE

-Nativity Shelter: 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW

Hypothermia/Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Men

-Banneker Recreation Center: 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW

-Kennedy Recreation Center: 1401 7th Street, NW

-Sacred Heart Church: 16th Street and Park Road, NW

-Salvation Army: 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW

-Community for Creative Non-Violence: 425 2nd Street, NW

-Adams Place Shelter: 2210 Adams Place, NE

-801 East Shelter: 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE

-Raymond Recreation Center: 3725 10th Street, NW

Co-Ed Hypothermia/Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters

-Emery Recreation Center: 5801 Georgia Avenue, NW

-King Greenleaf Recreation Center: 201 N Street, SW

Low-Barrier Emergency Shelters

Low-barrier Emergency Shelters for Women
– Harriet Tubman Shelter: DC General Building 9, 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
– Nativity Shelter: 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW
– Patricia Handy Place for Women: 810 5 Street, NW

Low-barrier Emergency Shelters for Men
– 801 East Shelter: 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
– Adams Place Shelter: 2210 Adams Place, NE
– New York Avenue Shelter: 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE”

  • textdoc

    I know people tend to buy bread, milk, and toilet paper before snowstorms… but cheese??
    Are people making Monte Cristos, not just French toast??

    • GBinCH

      Did you see the news reports from last years blizzard? TJs on 14th still had canned food, but all the organic mushrooms were sold out.

      • this is hilarious


      • maxwell smart

        Weird! I was just going to say… I was at Whole Foods in Friendship Heights last night and there were no mushrooms, except for white and a few sad looking portabellas and no arugula. It was an odd selection of things to be out of.

    • Hill Denizen

      Scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, wine and cheese… These things all sound delicious when cooped up inside. I’d rather buy cheese than milk.

      • AMDCer

        Agreed – eggs, cheese, mushrooms….sounds like people are making omelettes.

    • AVEnue

      In my house at least, we view potential snow days as an opportunity for an extravagant cooking project, so if others have the same idea that could explain the lack of “fancy” vs “subsistence” ingredients.

      • wdc

        Me too. I once went to a grocery store, planning for 2-3 days of hard-core cookery, and found that not only were the bread shelves barren, but they were out of YEAST.
        Note, this was not in northern Canada or somewhere you might expect to be cut off from the world for a week or more.

      • maxwell smart

        I like to do baking on snow days… mostly to help warm up the apartment.

    • Anonamom

      I’m on my way to get some brie right now!

    • jcm

      My wife and I make Marta Stewart’s Mac and Cheese on snow days. We purchased a pound each of cheddar and gruyere on Saturday in preparation.

  • FridayGirl

    I was going to stop for some french fries after work. Maybe not.

  • I was at the safeway yesterday and a worker was packing up all the cheese – I asked if it went bad and he said the unit was broken so he was trying to save all the food in the back so it didn’t spoil. I guess the unit is still broken if the cheese is not back by now.

    • Anon

      Please stop it with the rational response. This is the Cheesopolypse 2017.

      • kanon


      • Emmaleigh504


  • Easyenough

    I’m laughing because I live near Soviet Safeway, and it always looks like this. At’s why it’s called Soviet Safeway.

  • It’s just me

    Is rush hour no parking still in effect on snow days? Wondering how hard I need to try tonight to get a legal parking spot if I don’t have to go to work tomorrow.


    • FridayGirl

      It couldn’t hurt. I’d play it safe. I bet there will be a snow emergency declared by the time we get home (if there isn’t already and I just missed it).

    • Dlabog

      I think most of the streets with rush hour restrictions are also snow emergency routes. Make sure you look for those too!

    • Anon(Cheights)

      What about street sweeping restrictions? If Tuesday street sweeping is suspended, can you still be ticketed for parking on a street designated for Tuesday sweeping?

  • MadMax

    Damnit, I actually needed to go to the grocery store yesterday but didn’t have time. Now I really need to go and it’s going to be a madhouse tonight, fail.

  • o2bncdg

    I always thought the “Soviet Safeway” was the one on Wisconsin Avenue in upper Georgetown. That moniker goes back to the OLD Safeway on the same site and was so named because it is only a few blocks south of the Russian Embassy.

    • FridayGirl

      Nope. That’s the stroller safeway now, from my understanding.

      • KenyonDweller

        I thought that was the Social Safeway. Maybe all that socializing led to strollers?

        • AMDCer

          Yup – the one in Georgetown is the Social Safeway – Dupont one is Soviet, but it has vastly improved compared to what it used to be like.

          • Hill Denizen

            Definitely Social Safeway.

    • anon

      The old Georgetown site was the social Safeway. Soviet has always been 17th St. Long lines and nothing on the shelves.

    • Anonymous

      The one in Georgetown has always been the Social Safeway. The Safeway in Cleveland Park, on Connecticut Avenue south of Ordway Street was the Soviet Safeway. Small, always out of the essentials and the checkout line trailing to the back of the store.

    • textdoc

      Nope — the Safeway on 17th Street NW (near Dupont Circle) is generally acknowledged as the Soviet Safeway.
      A 2014 posting from PoPville user M Khoo had this, which seems to match up with what I recall as the general consensus for Safeway names. It also linked to an article from TBD — now offline, but archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20120211175927/http://www.tbd.com/articles/2011/04/safeway-nicknames-separating-truth-from-fiction-57981.html .
      Soviet Safeway (17th & Corcoran),
      Senorita/Salsa/Spanish/Sandinista Safeway (Colombia & 18th)
      Secret Safeway (was 20th & S) alternately Wisconsin & 42nd (which is alternately called Suburban Safeway)
      Social Safeway (Wisconsin & 34th),
      Stinky/Sixties, now Stroller Safeway (Georgia and Rudolph).
      Sexy Safeway/short-staffed Safeway (L & 5th NW)
      Senior Safeway, 2550 Virginia Ave. NW in the Watergate
      Southwest Safeway, 1100 4th St. SW
      “Un” Safeway, 415 14th St. SE
      See also:

      • Anonymous

        The Cleveland Park Safeway, long known as the Soviet Safeway, closed in 1987. (So not listed in the articles above). The following is from the Washington Post:

        By Anne Simpson September 10, 1987

        Over the years, the cramped, crowded and congenial Cleveland Park Safeway often ran out of ketchup or cauliflower or some other comestible. Now — to the distress of loyal patrons — the Safeway has run out of time.

        On Oct. 17, the compact, circular checkout conveyers will take their final spin. The supermarket called the “Soviet Safeway” because of its long lines and short supplies will close, leaving nothing but a large order of lost camaraderie at 3427 Connecticut Ave. NW. …

        • west_egg

          Interesting! I had no idea. I’m intrigued by these circular conveyor belts…
          Looks like the location is now Brookville Supermarket. The interior is classic old timey Safeway (according to this one photo, anyway):
          Compare to: http://pleasantfamilyshopping.blogspot.com/2007/09/checkout-time.html

        • Anonymous

          I had forgotten about the conveyor belts. The checkout stations (I think there were about three) were very short, with a very small area to unload your basket, and I can’t remember the exact configuration or find an images on-line. It was where the Brookville Market is now.
          The best (labor and space conserving) checkout configuration I have come across was at Stop & Shops in the Boston area. The cart would go over the conveyor belt, and the clerk would open the front of the cart (which would hinge down), and take the groceries directly out of the cart to ring up. Another employee would bag the groceries. Of course, those carts would not have worked very well in a store as small as the Cleveland Park Safeway.

          • AMDCer

            I was fascinated by the circular conveyor belt check-outs when I was a kid, but that was at the local A&P (and a few other stores) out in Maryland. I feel like that used to be the grocery standard.

      • bv1837

        Can we name the Safeway in Brightwood at Georgia and Van Buren too?

      • Anons

        But you all forget about the other Soviet Safeway around K St and 20th – it was there in the mid-90’s.
        The one at 17th and Corcoran was the GayWay

  • TriniSoFlo

    You people kill me with the Soviet Safeway jokes. Real Soviets would have killed for anything remotely resembling your ‘soviet safeways’….

    • MadMax

      Sorry, hyperbole died with Trump’s election.

    • textdoc

      In Soviet Safeway, cheese trumps YOU!

      • west_egg



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