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State of Emergency Declared for U Street Corridor Area and Rest of D.C.

by Andrew Ramonas January 21, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Ice melt stacked outside True Value on 17th on Jan. 21, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez)

(Updated at 10:55 a.m.) Mayor Muriel Bowser this morning issued a state of emergency and a snow emergency for the U Street corridor area and the rest of the District in advance of a potentially historic snowstorm that is set to arrive tomorrow.

More than a foot of snow could fall in D.C. over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. The District is under a blizzard watch from Friday afternoon to Saturday night.

Under the state of emergency, the District is able to access federal resources to help with the snow. With the snow emergency, locals with cars parked along snow routes must move them by 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, or get fined and towed.

Bowser also announced public schools won’t open tomorrow and the D.C. government will shut down early on Friday.

“We’re preparing for a blizzard,” she said at a news conference. “I’ve lived in D.C. most of my life, and I don’t know that I’ve lived [here for] a forecast like this. It’s an extremely large storm.”

Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez

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