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D.C. snow emergency is now in effect; residents urged to stay home

Update (10:30 a.m.): District officials are asking residents to avoid venturing into the streets today. Today's snow event is far from over, and officials expect crews to be clearing streets well into Monday.

"This storm system has only just begun and we have only seen the tip of the iceberg," Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said. "By the end of this, the District could see over two feet of snow and it is imperative people stay off the roadways so our crews can get their work done."

District officials said abandoned vehicles throughout the region pose a challenge for crews that need to clear the streets.

"This snow is coming in very fast; over an inch an hour is expected during the day today," said Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland Jr.

Original post: D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty declared a snow emergency, which is now in effect.

-- All vehicles must be moved immediately from snow emergency routes. Use this link to see a list of the routes. See a map here.
-- The routes are posted with red and white snow emergency route signs. Parking is banned on these routes to allow unimpeded curb-to-curb salting or plowing.
-- Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $250 fine and additional fees for towing and storage at an impoundment lot. The Department of Public Works will no longer relocate vehicles in the neighborhoods.
-- To locate a towed vehicle, call 202-727-5000. The Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311 can tell you if a snow emergency has been lifted, but we'll also let you know here.

People who believe their vehicles have been towed should call 202-541-6083.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 7:04 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  
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How do I tell when the snow emergency is over? I.e., will there still be a snow emergency on Sun (after the snow has stopped) for plowing?

You really should post the web address of the current status of the snow emergency on your blog (although that information doesn't seem to be available anywhere on )


Posted by: BenSlade | December 20, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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