The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the City of Alexandria. The warning is in effect beginning 12 a.m. on Saturday through 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Snow is expected to begin after midnight tonight, and continue through Saturday evening. Accumulations of ten to twenty inches are possible. Temperatures will range from the upper 20s to the lower 30s, with winds up to 25 miles per hour. A Winter Storm Warning means that significant snowfall is likely to occur, which could cause travel difficulties.
The City urges residents to be prepared for slippery road conditions and limited visibility. Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes should be moved to alternate locations so crews can effectively clear snow from the roads. City crews are standing by to respond as the storm moves through the area. To report a weather-related road condition, or report potholes, please call 703.746.4488.
Residents and business owners should maintain an adequate supply of shovels, salt or sand for their sidewalks and driveways. The City Code states that driveways and entrances are the responsibility of the residential owner, occupant, community association, or business for snow removal. Snow and ice should be cleared from the paved sidewalk in front of, or abutting, property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. Snow should be cleared around fire hydrants and storm drains. Snow should not be shoveled into the sidewalk or street. According to City Code, if snow is not properly cleared, the City could charge a fine for snow removal services.
Volunteer “Snow Buddies” are available to assist low-income elderly or disabled residents who need help clearing snow, but residents must sign up in advance by calling 703.746.4800. If you would like to volunteer to become a Snow Buddy, please call Volunteer Alexandria at 703.836.2176.
To receive the latest weather-related information and snow removal information, visit www.alexandriava.gov, follow the City on Twitter (www.alexandriava.gov/Twitter) or become a fan of the City’s Facebook page (www.alexandriava.gov/Facebook). The City’s eNews service will also provide periodic updates on weather conditions. For more information about City operations during a snow emergency, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Snow.