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Tuesday updates at bottom
In addition to dealing with what’s technically called This Miserable Damn Cold, the District is preparing for the first significant snow storm of the season. The National Weather Service placed the District of Columbia under a winter storm warning around 3:30 p.m. today, a few hours ahead of schedule. The warning expires at noon tomorrow. Between six and ten inches of snow are expected, NWS says. With medium-level confidence, the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang puts the accumulation number between four and eight inches. Heavier snow is expected to hold off until the end of the evening commute, according to forecasters.
Mayor Muriel Bowser outlined the city’s snow preparation plans this afternoon. According to a release, the District Snow Team will be deployed at 3 p.m. with snow trucks on the road by 5 p.m. If the District sees between four and eight inches of snow, 85 percent of major roads should be cleared within 12 hours, and 85 percent of residential roads should be cleared within 24 hours, according to the D.C. Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation.
Yes, there will be an organized snowball fight.
See a list of cancellations and closures below. This post will be updated throughout the day.
- So far, just MetroAccess is affected by the potential snowfall. (Expect that to change.) At 6 p.m., Metro’s service for riders with disabilities will cease operations until at least Wednesday morning. Bus service will likely be impacted Tuesday morning. See a full list of Metro advisories here.
- The National Zoo will close at 3 p.m. today.
- D.C. is under a snow emergency, which means parked vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes by 7 a.m. The penalty for failing to do so: heavy fines. Read more here.
Update, 9:35 p.m.
- The federal government will be closed Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
- D.C. public schools will also be closed. See a list of D.C. charter school closures here.
- Metro says service on several bus routes will be restricted.
- D.C. cab drivers will be allowed to add $15 to metered fares between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow because of the snow emergency.
Update, 6 a.m.
- The District government will be closed Tuesday.
- All D.C. Public Library branches will also be closed.
- All—yes, all—Metrobus service is suspended.
Update, 10 a.m.
- Metro says it will restore limited bus service on major routes at 10:30 a.m.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery