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Snow Is in the Forecast for the DC Metropolitan Area

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Many commuters will face wintry weather conditions Tuesday afternoon.

(Washington, DC) -The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for the DC Metropolitan Area for today, Tuesday, January 11.  Predicted snow fall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches have been reported to begin at 4 pm this afternoon, continuing through 6 am Wednesday morning.  The evening and morning rush hour commutes will likely be affected.

Motorist and pedestrians are urged to take extra precautions. Throughout the day District snow crews have been hard at work preparing the roadways before the snow begins to fall.  The District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will continuously monitor conditions throughout the city today and throughout the morning to ensure we are able to meet individual and organizational needs during this snow event.  Should conditions worsen unexpectedly, HSEMA stands ready to fully activate its 24-hour Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 

Be ready for winter weather emergencies by taking time to prepare your home car and business for imminent snow storms.  Make a go-kit for your home, care and business. Visit www.hsema.dc.gov to learn how. 

Please keep the following winter weather protective actions in mind:

  • Clear all the snow and ice from your vehicle’s hood, roof and even the windows and lights before driving.
  • Stay on main roads.  Avoid back roads and alleys.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Be aware of the hazardous road conditions, particularly black ice which can be particularly deceptive in its appearance giving the driver a false sense of security on the road.
  • Please do not put snow in the street.  Put all cleared snow from parked cars and in the “tree box”, front yard, or between the curb and sidewalk.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite – skin appears white and waxy, numbness or no feeling in that area and/or possible blisters.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia – shivering and numbness, confusion or dizziness, stumbling and weakness, slow or slurred speech and shock.
  • If you see a homeless person stranded in the cold, call the Hypothermia Hotline at 1-800-535-7252.  Vans will transport homeless individuals to a shelter.