DC Snow Emergency Declaration

January 31, 2021

Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a Snow Emergency in Washington, DC beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 31 and going until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2. The District Snow Team is deploying at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 31 in preparation for snow starting early Sunday and perhaps continuing into Tuesday, and the Snow Emergency will allow plow drivers to clear snow emergency routes curb to curb.

While the snow emergency is in effect, motorists may not park on snow emergency routes and vehicles parked on these routes may be ticketed and towed. Find a map and list of the snow emergency routes at snow.dc.gov.

Earlier this evening, brine application crews completed District-wide spraying of the “hot mix” combination of brine and beet juice to reduce the temperature where ice bonds to the pavement. At 2:00 a.m., the Snow Team will deploy 138 heavy plows (six- and 10-wheel dump trucks) to clear highways, streets, bridges, ramps, and other elevated structures. An additional 30 heavy plows driven by contractors will supplement the team, and 81 light plows (pickup trucks) will be deployed to clear snow from smaller streets.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) leads the District Snow Team with support from the Department of Transportation (DDOT), Department of General Services (DGS), Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Serve DC, and several other agencies.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to register for important weather alerts from the District by signing up for AlertDC at [alertdc.dc.gov]alertdc.dc.gov. View Neighbor-2-Neighbor videos at snow.dc.gov/page/neighbor-2-neighbor-snow-prep-tips for residents’ snow prep tips.

The District Snow Team also encourages residents and commercial property owners to apply abrasives such as rock salt, deicer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties prior to snowfall to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls. The Snow Team uses pet friendly deicer on District pedestrian bridges.

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