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For District mayors, if there’s a snowstorm coming, it’s time for the salt dome press conference. Muriel Bowser headed to Northeast this afternoon to talk up her administration’s snow prep in front of a Department of Public Works salt dome.

After being caught surprised by a small snowfall early in her term after the weather forecast changed, Bowser isn’t taking chances with the new storm and its potential to embarrass her administration. The District has deployed 285 snow trucks, up from the usual 225, according to Department of Public Works director Bill Howland. Bowser has already declared a snow emergency which, in addition to meaning it’s time to move your car, should clear streets for the snow trucks operating on 12-hour shifts. DPW has decided to lay down two different kinds of salt.

Despite all the preparations for the 4″-8″ snowfall, Bowser hasn’t decided yet on the big questions for most residents: whether schools and the District government will be open. District officials plan to discuss closings on conference calls tonight, according to city administrator Rashad Young.

Photo by Will Sommer