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Let It Snow And Stay Safe: Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch, Predicts 5 Inches

The latest service alerts and safety tips from around the District.

Snow coats Washington, D.C. on Sunday. (Photo by Michelle Peirano.)
Snow coats Washington, D.C. on Sunday. (Photo by Michelle Peirano.)

Snow made for a lot of photo ops Sunday, and caused Monday closures, delays and power outages all over the region. 

Tuesday will bring a lot more snow, three to six inches, and "hazardous travel conditions are expected" with accumulation rates of 1-2 inches per hour, advised the National Weather Service. 

The DC Snow Team will deploy 200 snow plows, and advises removing snow and ice from vehicles and walkways, and not driving unless necessary. 

The alert also included the following advice from the Department of Public Works:

“The upcoming storm will present its some challenges,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “Sleet is expected to start falling during the early morning rush hour before changing to snow about 8 am.  That means traffic can be affected so we urge motorists to travel cautiously.”  

He added that this will be a heavy snow, which could lead to power outages from downed wires.  Should power outages occur, Pepco strongly urges the public to call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) to report power outages and downed wires (stay away from downed wires and report them immediately).

Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips:  

  • Motorists are asked to clear all snow from the vehicle first, then drive cautiously. 
  • Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. 
  • “Don’t crowd the plow.”  
  • Go to snow.dc.gov for updates before, during and after winter storms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather. 

To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/.

  • Check here for updates on closures and delays, and to share additional information with your neighbors. 

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