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Fenty: Stay off the city streets tonight

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is urging motorists and pedestrians to stay off city streets tonight because snowfall rates could exceed 3 inches an hour.

At an 11 a.m. storm briefing in Logan Circle, Fenty noted the city could approach its all-time record snowfall of 28 inches, recorded in 1922.

"We are going to be right up against the most snow this city has ever seen," said Fenty, citing forecasts of 16 to 24 inches.

Gabe Klein, the director of the Department of Transportation, said there could be near whiteout conditions overnight.

"We really need people to stay off the roads," Klein said. "It's not safe for anyone to be out on the roads or sidewalks at that point."

But Fenty and Klein said they are optimistic city road crews will be able to keep up with the storm, noting most major routes were passable within a few hours after the Dec. 19 snowfall.

"One of the things we are really working hard on is keeping the national highway system open," Klein said.

Fenty said the city has called up a "full deployment plus" of 750 public and contract snow-removal workers. On Monday, the Department of Public Works will suspend bulk trash collection so city crews can focus on removing the snow. But Fenty said he is hopeful that the major arteries will be clear by the Monday morning rush.

"The hope is we will be able to use the same resources [as December] to get the snow out of the way before rush hour," Fenty said.

-- Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 5, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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Yet the Caps game is still going to bring 18,000 into the city...make up your mind!!

Posted by: SA-Town | February 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

yeah really...we are scheduled to go see the caps win there 13th in a row...whats the story mornin' glory? is the game on?...should we take our helicopter to the game?

inquiring minds what to know....

Posted by: dskelly1 | February 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

For the love of all things holy, people! Heed thy warnings! By all means, stay off the streets, because I'm gonna be out there on them there streets and I don't want you in my way.
Yee haw, it's going to be donut city!

Posted by: ShovelPlease | February 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish someone could explain why they have not yet canceled the Caps game tonight. We paid money for tickets.... we are the fans who pay these players salaries. Why do they think we should risk life and limb getting to and from the game, especially if Metro cuts off above ground service tonight. It is reprehensible. Reschedule the game. I don't care if it is inconvenient for the players. The fans are the reason they play the game in the first place. Unbelievable.

Posted by: jcomel | February 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It will be silly to drive about the city tonight. If you get stuck, there will be nobody available for hours to rescue you. Stay at home, relax, do "family time". Let the city workers attack this storm without the added impediment of unnecessary traffic.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 5, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Love it. The mayor of the city urges everyone off the streets of DC while Mr Ted Leonsis urges 20,000 fans to drive thru dangerous conditions into the same city for his hockey game. Great stuff.

Posted by: dovelevine | February 5, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I plan on going to the Caps game! From what I understand, its up to the NHL to cancel the game and they don't appear to ready to do it.

Posted by: wahoo_Mike | February 5, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't the local media, including the Post, asking some pointed questions of Mr. Leonsis as to why he didn't demand that the NHL cancel the game to protect the fans? Why aren't they asking him about the blog he posted yesterday on Ted's Take in which he mocked fans for being concerned about conditions?
I guess it's easier to stand in front of a crowded supermarket and tell us it is crowded than to actually track down Mr. Leonsis at his villa in Florida to find out why he's so callous about fan and emergency responder safety (someone has to rescue the fans).

Posted by: kposey12 | February 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

There are thousands of fans planning to go to the game going by Metro. If people don't want to go, fine, but don't rag on our owner or anyone else. Freak out at home and enjoy the game in HD. BTW, Ted will be at the game, not in any "villa" anywhere else.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What will you do when Metro shuts down before the game ends? Walk to Wheaton?

Posted by: kposey12 | February 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If he can, Mayor Fenty should close all the bars, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by: | February 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to the uptick in domestic abuse cases from Blacks being penned up for the weekend from the snowstorm.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 5, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

FridayKnight, don't forget to add in the whites, Asians, and Latinos to your domestic violence tally.

No race or ethnic group is simon-pure; none is evil incarnate either.

Act like you know.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | February 5, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Is the Mayor in town or gone to the Super
Bowl? I haven't seen him since early morning. Usually he is on the scene giving instructions and advising the citizens of the city during snow emergencies.

Didn't see him on the evening news or late night news. So did he get off the streets of his city by leaving it all together?

Just wondering.

Posted by: shank2sb | February 6, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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