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Snow Advisories for Commuters

The District is deploying 150 trucks and 450 people to work clearing the roads. The top priorities will be major roadways, bridges and overpasses. The next set of targets will be secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

Maryland keeps track of traffic alerts on this page. Virginia posts a road conditions map.

You can see a map showing how well the District plows are doing during the storm or get an update on traffic conditions throughout the region on our Web site.

"We will do our part in treating roadways -- and motorists need to do their part in driving carefully or taking public transportation instead of driving," Emeka Moneme, the District transportation director, said in a statement.

He urged city residents and businesses to clean the sidewalks and clear catch basin openings near their property to keep pedestrians safe and also to prevent flooding once the snow melts.

District residents and businesses are urged to clear their sidewalks to prevent injury to pedestrians and clear nearby catch basin openings to prevent flooding basements and other low-lying areas once the snow melts.

William O. Howland Jr., the director of the Public Works Department asked businesses "to make sure the handicap ramps located at intersections are clear of snow and ice." He said residents can help by "Applying abrasives, such as salt or non-clumping kitty litter before precipitation begins can help with removing the snow or ice after the storm ends."

Other good advice, no matter where you're traveling:

-- It's a good day to be modern, and telecommute.

-- Or take Metrorail, if you have that option. (Metrobuses are subject to delays and detours during a storm.)

-- Extend the space between your car and the one in front of you.

-- Remember that your four-wheel-drive vehicle isn't much help on ice.

-- Be ready for the road conditions to vary from wet to snowy to icy within a short distance.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 6, 2007; 4:54 PM ET
Categories:  Weather  
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