The National Weather Service predicts three to six inches of snow, starting at sunrise and continuing into the afternoon with accumulation rates of one to two inches per hour.
Those conditions make for "hazardous travel conditions," the service said.
The DC Snow Team will deploy 200 snow plows. The team advises removing snow and ice from vehicles and walkways, and not driving unless absolutely necessary.
“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).
More winter weather safety and preparedness tips from DPW:
- 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.
Also, please share your snow day photos with us.