As of this morning, both the governor of Virginia and the mayor of DC have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the major storm this weekend, which is expected to dump 18-24 inches of snow across the DC metro area. Click here for NBC4 Washington’s coverage of the declaration. If you are a DC resident or park in the city, there are two things that you must do in a snow emergency:
Move your car.
The District has specified emergency snow routes, which are to be kept clear during this state of emergency. Starting at 7am today, cars parked on these routes will be ticketed and towed. Click here for a map of these emergency routes from the Washington Post. If your car is parked on any of these roads, please move it!
Clear your sidewalk.
It is required by law in DC that all residents and businesses shovel or salt any sidewalks abutting their property within the first 8 daylight hours after snow, sleet or ice stop falling. The DC mayor has stated that residents will not be fined during this weekend’s blizzard, but businesses that do not comply can expect a fine for the cost of clearing the snow, as well as a $25 fine. Click here for more information and helpful tips on sidewalk snow removal from the District Department of Transportation.
Residents who need assistance with shoveling can call 311, and if you would like to volunteer to assist residents who are unable to shovel, you can sign up here for the DC Resident Snow Team.
Please, do your part to make this storm as harmless as possible. From The Evan + Mark Team, we wish you safety and warmth this weekend!