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D.C.-area residents still recall Jan. 20 with shudders, and not just because it was below freezing: Roughly one inch of snow effectively paralyzed the evening commute on that Wednesday due to the rather unfortunate fact that local jurisdictions had failed to sufficiently treat roads.
Mayor Muriel Bowser offered an apology for the District’s lackluster response the next day while informing the public of her administration’s preparations for the historic snowstorm that was to follow. Now, it seems Bowser is unwilling to have a repeat of Jan. 20 as forecasts predict that the region will get more than an inch of snow Monday night and into Tuesday.
The mayor has accordingly ordered D.C.’s snow team to enter into “full deployment” starting today at noon. This means around 200 pieces of heavy equipment such as plows will be out treating the city’s roads with salt and brine.
“Plows will be positioned on bridges and overpasses as well as the freeways, major routes, and residential streets to monitor conditions and spread salt or plow when necessary,” a news release issued by the District on Friday evening explains. “The deployment will continue until the threat of snow has passed.”
The Capital Weather Gang reports that the immediate region will see light rain from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by snow.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery