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Blizzard Watch Issued for District

by Sean Meehan January 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Capitol grounds during snowstorm, March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill area residents should prepare for a lot of snow and powerful winds this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for D.C. from Friday afternoon to Saturday night. The watch says that conditions are expected to be worst on Friday afternoon, with heavy snow and strong winds causing “potential life threatening conditions.”

The District government has also activated its “Cold Emergency Plan,” guaranteeing shelter for all homeless individuals. To request shelter transport for D.C. residents who are homeless and on the street, contact the shelter hotline at [email protected], 202-399-7093 or 1-800-535-7252.

Meteorologists are expecting between one and two feet of snow to fall in the District between Friday and Sunday, making this one of the largest snow storms ever in D.C.

This will also be the first snow storm since Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a law allowing the Department of Public Works to fine homeowners and business owners who do not remove snow and ice from paved sidewalks adjacent to their property. Fines are set at $25 for residential properties and $150 for commercial properties.

Homeowners who are 65-years-old or older and those with disabilities are exempt under the law and will not be fined.

  • Smiley Rouse

    I’m a homeowner and I’m retired on disability, single female and I have been trying to get help to remove snow from my sidewalks for years. My benfits have not gone up to pay someone to shovel I can barly buy grocery I filled out a sidewalk shovel exemption on line 1-9-2016 @4pm and I have not heard from anyone ….HELP this house has been in my Family since 1928………………….Councilman Charles Allen HELP I can’t afford ANY Tickets ……………….


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