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Snow Update: Capitol Sledding Still Banned; Many Hill Businesses Still Open

by Andrea Swalec — March 5, 2015 at 8:55 am 0

Snow starting to accumulate outside the Rayburn House Office Building, 9:10 a.m. March 5, 2015

(Updated at 9:30 a.m.) Schools are closed, the storm has begun and many Hill residents have a whole snow day before them.

Sledding is still banned on the grounds of the Capitol building today, after Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and others made a last-minute push for it to be allowed temporarily.

Frank Larkin, chairman of the Capitol Police Board said sledding on the Capitol grounds is still banned this week “for security reasons,” Washingtonian reported.

“According to recent media reports, at least 20,000 sledding injuries occur in the U.S. each year,” Larkin said in a statement. “For liability reasons, a growing number of U.S. cities are banning sledding on public property.”

Norton said she was “deeply disappointed” by the decision.”

“Because the Board did not enforce the sledding ban for many years, it is clearly within its power not to enforce it again during a four-day period,” she said in a statement.

D.C. public schools, D.C. government offices and federal offices are all closed, but Frager’s Hardware, Eastern Market and many Hill restaurants and bars are open.

Tow trucks are removing cars from snow emergency routes — for hefty fines. If your car is parked on any streets shown on this map, move it ASAP.

The latest forecast for the 20002 ZIP code says 3 to 7 inches of accumulated snow are possible today, with winds up to 10 mph. There’s only a 30 percent chance of precipitation tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

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