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D.C. Lifts Snow Emergency; Storm Still Coming

9:30 p.m. Update: D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty tonight lifted the snow emergency he had imposed on the city this afternoon, because the storm has not delivered the evening snow that forecasts originally suggested.

Accumulating snow is still forecast for early Monday, and the morning commute is likely to be messy. Several school systems have announced they will be closed. The storm's aftermath could affect afternoon commuting as well as the temperature stays cold.

The National Weather Service is warning that the storm, which is approaching from the south, could bring several inches of snow to the I-95 corridor overnight, with the heaviest accumulations to the east of the interstate. See the Capital Weather Gang report. The Gang has reduced its projected accumulations west of I-95.

The entire region is in for at least a few inches of snow, according to the forecast, and road crews in all the jurisdictions made preparations for a long night of road treating and plowing.

Fenty had declared a snow emergency starting at 4 p.m. today. When a snow emergency is declared, drivers cannot park where they see the red and white "Snow Emergency Route" signs. They are subject to a $250 ticket and a tow. Find a list of D.C. snow emergency routes here. And here's a map of those routes.

The point of clearing vehicles is to make room for the full deployment of snow equipment. The District Department of Transportation says it can send out 200 to 350 pieces of equipment, including plows, sprayer trucks and contract plows, if necessary, will be deployed to treat and plow elevated surfaces and roadways, including bridges, overpasses and ramps as well as roadways and residential streets.

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By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Weather  
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Geez ... The only reason I'm happy I don't live in the district anymore is that you guys act like the sky is falling every time a few inches of snow fall .. Grow up and learn to drive rather than simply cowering under rocks!

Posted by: kdemko | March 1, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@ kdemko: Uh, I'm from snowy Michigan and they routinely declare snow emergencies in Detroit and surrounding communities to enable plows to clear streets. Do you realize how many parked vehicles would be damaged by plows if there were no snow emergency declared?

Posted by: mikefrommi | March 1, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

tell the mayor to wear a hat

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 1, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Why are you telling people what Mayor Fenty has stated? Most of them are not D.C. residents and don't live or work in Washington, D.C. Fenty is not the mayor for Maryland and Virginia.

Fenty tells lies like most politicians.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 1, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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