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Agencies deploy snow crews to help minimize rush-hour headaches

4:15 p.m. UPDATE: DDOTDC just tweeted that all of the District's "trucks and contractors will work through the night." Officials said the first shift started at 2 and the second will start at 2 a.m. and work through the Wednesday morning rush.

4:10 p.m. UPDATE: Prince George's County's Department of Public Works and Transportation planned to dispatch crews this evening at 4 p.m. to prepare for the 2 to 4 inches of snow predicted in the region this evening.

Officials said crews will work "12-hour, round-the-clock shifts for as long as necessary" to keep more than 1,800 miles of county roads clear. The agency also issued these requests to residents:

  • Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes

  • Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible

  • Park only on the even-numbered sides of streets

4 p.m. UPDATE: DDOTDC just tweeted this picture of crews loading up to treat the roads.

3:20 p.m. UPDATE: Arlington County announced that it is activating its snow crews to treat and clear "priority roadways." Information on how priorities are set is available on the county's Web site.

Original post: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Washington region.

The Post's Capital Weather Gang is forecasting 2 to 4 inches for the region, probably starting between 3 and 6 p.m. Meterologist Matt Rogers says afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper 30s should help keep the roads from freeziing during the afternoon commute.

However, reports are trickling in from transportation agencies that they are preparing for the evening rush. The District Department of Transportation tweeted this afternoon -- and posted to its Facebook page -- that snow crews will deploy before rush hour to try to minimize this evening's snowfall on traffic.

One of the area's to watch for will be what happens with Metro buses. If conditions do get icy, Metro may alter bus routes. That happened during this past's weekend snowfall -- and during December's snow -- when bus and MetroAccess service was curtailed.

The bigger question is what effect will the weekend snow have on the Washington region. Check back with Get There for the latest, and keep in mind that you can always monitor conditions and see camera feeds from area roads on our traffic page.

By Michael Bolden  |  February 2, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Weather  | Tags: Transit, weather  
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