Bowser to deploy snow team ahead of possible freezing rain Thursday

Mayor Muriel Bowser said D.C. will deploy the District Snow Team at 7 p.m. Tuesday to treat bridges, highways, overpasses and roadways in preparation for the freezing rain that’s in the Thursday morning forecast.

Temperatures are anticipated to be in the freezing range until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Bowser said in a statement that the Snow Team will operate from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. It has 30,000 pounds of salt, 86,000 gallons of brine and 12,500 gallons of raw beet juice at the ready.

Rain is expected throughout Thursday even after 10 a.m.

The Snow Team advises D.C. residents and businesses to prepare for the District’s first winter event of the season. Also, they advise residents to put de-icer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter on sidewalks around their properties to decrease icing and to avoid slips and falls.

Bowser said residents are encouraged to:

  • Check on vulnerable neighbors and call the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093 to request transportation to shelter for people in D.C. who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Register for important weather alerts from the District by signing up for AlertDC. You can also receive alerts by following the AlertDC Twitter feed.
  • Volunteer with Serve DC to clear elderly and disabled neighbors’ sidewalks during winter weather events. Register for the DC Volunteer Snow Team online.


In Virginia, VDOT is telling drivers to be aware of freezing rain and sleet that will affect road from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

There will be a Winter Storm Watch that’s issued from Wednesday at 7 p.m. to Thursday at 10 p.m.

VDOT also advises drivers to:

  • Closely watch the weather, which forecasts can improve or worsen quickly.
  • Make plans now to telework or delay travel Thursday morning until conditions are better. Give crews time and plenty of space to treat roads.
  • While driving during winter weather is not recommended, allow more time for trips, significantly reduce speeds, brake lightly and allow plenty of following distance. Make sure you have enough gas, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, and an emergency car kit.
  • Be alert for possible ice, especially areas prone to freezing like bridges, ramps and overpasses. If road conditions become dangerous, postpone travel for safety and to give trucks time to treat roads.
  • Before leaving, check road conditions along your route at, on the free mobile app, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.
Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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