D.C. Braces for More Icy Weather

WI Web Staff | 2/4/2014, 3:30 p.m.
The District encourages residents to visit snow.dc.gov during snow events for information and safety tips.

The D.C. region is bracing for yet another round of icy weather, as a brutal winter filled with snowstorms and bone-chilling temperatures continues to slam the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for the region from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, with forecasts calling for a 90 percent chance of rain or freezing rain from 9:30 p.m. until about 3 a.m.

The precipitation will largely be freezing rain for most of the metropolitan area, though those west of the region may also see sleet and snow.

"Freezing rain is the most dangerous type of winter weather. We can push snow out of the roadway, but ice, coupled with freezing temperatures, requires constant treatment with salt," said William O. Howland Jr., director of D.C.'s Department of Public Works. "Fortunately, Wednesday's high temperature will be well above freezing, but until that happens, we urge everyone to travel cautiously whether on foot, bicycle or by car."

The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will deploy more than 175 trucks, with crews spreading salt as early as 9 p.m.

Crews have already began applying a mixture of brine and beet juice to bridges, ramps, elevated structures and challenging side streets to reduce the opportunity for ice to bond with the street.

Property owners are asked to treat their sidewalks with an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, a deicer or rock salt.

D.C. residents are encouraged to go to snow.dc.gov for storm updates and tips for preparation. Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications.