D.C. snow emergency in effect
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has announced that a snow emergency will be in effect on city streets as of 9:30 a.m., probably before anyone on those streets sees any serious snow.
A snow emergency means that vehicles may not park along streets designated as snow emergency routes. Look for the red and white "Snow Emergency Route" signs to identify those streets and get your cars off them. You also can see the routes as a list here or you can see them on this map.
Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $250 fine. They also will be towed to an impound lot and the owner will be subject to a towing fee. To find a towed vehicle, call 202-727-5000.
If you're in Northwest Washington and can't find street parking off those routes, the nearest alternative is the DC USA retail center. It's at the corner of 14th Street and Park Road NW. The gates have been lifted, and people may park their cars for free through the weekend. The entrance arm will drop again at 5 a.m. Monday.
The mayor last declared a snow emergency for the December blizzard. The goal is to keep the main streets clear for curb to curb plowing. Even though the District government expects the heaviest snow between 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, crews already are out pre-treating the streets with anti-icing chemicals.
February 4, 2010; 11:54 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Weather | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers
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