A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the D.C. region as significant snowfall is expected to fall in the area. Many school closures have been announced and a Snow Emergency will be in effect in the District of Columbia. Here's what you need to know as the storm impacts D.C.
DC SNOW EMERGENCY
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a Snow Emergency starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. on Thursday. Parking your vehicle along Snow Emergency Routes during this time is prohibited and your vehicle is at risk of being towed. The DC Snow Team will have nearly 200 truck deployed to treat the roadways.
Metro trains, which began at 5 a.m. are now running on a modified schedule, and several bus routes will not be running at all.
WMATA says Metrobus service will operate Wednesday on a Severe Snow Plan, which will further limit service to major roadways only. As snow continues to fall and roads become icy, buses are experiencing significant delays systemwide, and customers should travel only if absolutely necessary. WMATA has the latest about the Severe Snow Plan for bus riders.
Metrorail is operating a modified schedule, with trains are operating about every 12-15 minutes on each line. Metro says that there are no issues to report on the rail system at this time.
They also say Metro's Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect.
D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY
Students and teachers are getting a snow day on Wednesday. The District's school district will be closed Wednesday due to the weather. However, all essential personnel must report ON TIME and Central Office employees should continue to monitor the media on whether the D.C. government will open on Wednesday. (Check all weather-related closings/delays here)
COLD EMERGENCY SHELTERS
D.C.'s Cold Emergency Plan is in effect and those without homes can stay at shelters around the District to avoid the cold weather. To request free transportation to a shelter, you can call the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093 or at 311.
In the event the D.C. government should close due to weather, three recreation centers will remain open all day including Kennedy Recreation Center, King Greenleaf Recreation Center and Emery Recreation Center.
The following shelters will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except recreation centers, which will open at 9 p.m.
Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Women
- New Covenant Baptist Church: 1301 W Street, SE
- Community of Christ Church: 3526 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
- Sherwood Recreation Center: 640 10th Street, NE
- King Greenleaf Recreation Center: 201 N Street, SW
- Harriet Tubman Shelter: DC General Building 9, 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
- Nativity Shelter: 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW
- Patricia Handy Place for Women: 810 5 Street, NW
Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters for Men
- Banneker Recreation Center: 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW
- Kennedy Recreation Center: 1401 7th Street, NW
- Sacred Heart Church: 16th Street and Park Road, NW
- Salvation Army: 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
- Community for Creative Non-Violence: 425 2nd Street, NW
- Raymond Recreation Center: 3725 10th Street, NW
- 801 East Shelter: 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
- Adams Place Shelter: 2210 Adams Place, NE
- New York Avenue Shelter: 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE
Co-Ed Cold Emergency Alert Night Shelters
- Emery Recreation Center: 5801 Georgia Avenue, NW