(WASHINGTON, DC) – With the National Weather Service (NSW) forecasting a wintry mix of rain and sleet in the early hours of Thursday, November 15, leading into the morning commute, Mayor Bowser has directed the DC Snow Team to begin a partial deployment consisting of 123 plows tonight at midnight to pretreat primary, secondary, and National Highway System routes around the District with rock salt. Residents and motorists can register to receive important weather alerts from the District on their devices by signing up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov.
To prepare for the overnight precipitation and morning commute, residents are encouraged to follow the tips below:
- Take Metro as an alternative to driving.
- If driving, do so cautiously and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
- Keep a safe distance from emergency and snow vehicles and use caution when attempting to pass a snowplow. Give the drivers plenty of room to safely do their jobs.
- Be aware of hazardous road conditions, particularly black ice which can be deceptive in appearance and give the driver a false sense of security on the road.
- Drive and walk carefully on bridges, ramps, and other elevated structures which can freeze before the roadway.
The DC Snow Team encourages residents and commercial property owners to apply abrasives such as rock salt, de-icer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls.
Mayor Bowser is committed to a quick completion of plowing and salting along major roads and residential streets, which in turn means a faster return to normal traffic flow and earlier resumption of trash collection and other city services. To report any concerns, residents should call the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.
Hypothermia Alert and Shelters
The District will activate the Hypothermia Alert tonight at 7 pm and it will stay activated throughout the weekend. Hypothermia alerts are activated when the NWS forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is or will be 32° F or below; or, when the temperature is forecasted to be 40° F or below, and the forecasted chance of precipitation is fifty percent or greater.
Low-Barrier Shelters for individuals operate year-round and will be open 5 pm to 9 am If a Hypothermia Alert is issued, all shelters are open all day and will remain open during the extent of the Hypothermia Alert.
- New York Avenue Shelter at 1355 New York Avenue, NE
- 801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
- Adams Place Emergency Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE
- Community for Creative Non Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW (Drop In Center is open only during Hypothermia Alert)
- Nativity Shelter for Women at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7 pm)
- Harriet Tubman at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Building #27
- Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW
- Community for Creative Non Violence (CCNV) at the 425 Second Street, NW (Drop In Center is open only during Hypothermia Alert)
Seasonal Shelters are open daily from 9 pm to 7 am, November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
- King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N Street, SW
- The Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
Hypothermia Shelters are open from 7 pm to 7 am anytime a Hypothermia Alert is called, except in recreation centers, where, due to previously scheduled programming, the shelter opens at 9 pm.
- Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW
- Banneker Recreation Center at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am)
- Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street NW (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am)
- New Covenant Baptist at 1301 W Street, SE
- Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th St, NE (Monday - Friday; 9 pm – 7 am)
- Community of Christ at 3526 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Transportation to Warmth and Safety: Free transportation to shelter is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Hypothermia Alert. To request transportation to shelter for people in Washington, DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the Shelter Hotline by calling (202) 399-7093 or 311. Please include the time, address or location of the person, and a description of the person’s appearance.
Increased Outreach: The Department of Human Services (DHS) will amplify outreach efforts during the weekend to raise awareness about the availability of Hypothermia Shelters.
Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm Families may also call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.
Additional Service Changes
Leaf collection operations will continue as scheduled.
For more information about DC’s snow program and preparing for winter weather, or to see where District Snow Team plows are working, go to snow.dc.gov. To stay informed about weather conditions and how District services are affected, follow the accounts listed below on social media.