Mayor Bowser Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Blizzard
Mayor Muriel Bower issued a state of emergency and a snow emergency for the Capitol Hill area and the rest of the District. Bowser made the announcement at a press conference to discuss the blizzard that could bring more than a foot of snow to D.C.
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 snow emergency, which officially begins tomorrow morning, bans parking along snow emergency routes. The snow emergency routes in the Capitol Hill area are:
- North Capitol Street
- Florida Avenue NE
- Benning Road NE
- H Street NE and NW
- Massachusetts Avenue NW
- Constitution Avenue NE between I-395 and 14th Place NE
- North Carolina Avenue between 14th Place NE and 16th Street NE
- C Street NE between 16th Street NE
- Independence Avenue SE and SW
- Pennsylvania Avenue SE
- M Street SE and SW
- Maine Avenue SE
- South Capitol Street
Cars parked along snow emergency routes will be towed starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
D.C. Public Schools will also be closed tomorrow and the District has recommended that charter schools close as well. Most District government offices will close at noon tomorrow.