The edge of winter storm “Gorf” has arrived on U Street NW and in the corridor’s surrounding neighborhoods.
The first snowflakes hit the U Street corridor about 1 p.m. But so far, snow isn’t accumulating.
The DC USA retail development will have $1-per-day parking available to locals during the snow emergency that starts this morning.
From 9:30 a.m. until two hours after the emergency ends, Columbia Heights residents can take advantage of the deal. The garage has 1,000 parking spaces.
During the emergency, locals can’t leave their cars on Georgia Avenue, 16th Street and U Street, as well as sections of Park Road, Kenyon Street, Irving Street, Columbia Road, Harvard Street, Florida Avenue and 9th Street. If they do, they could get fined and towed.
Trains will shut down tomorrow night at 11 p.m. and cease service until Monday due to the blizzard, Metro announced today. Additionally, buses will only operate only on major corridors under a “severe” snow plan on Friday, then cease to run at 5 p.m.
“This is not a storm that anyone should take lightly, and I would urge all residents to plan to get to a safe place before the storm arrives Friday afternoon,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld in a statement.
“The actions we are taking today are all in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ safety, and will help us return to service once the storm passes and the snow is cleared,” he added.
Onions have joined snow shovels and ice melt in a growing list of items in high demand at stores on and near the 14th Street corridor this afternoon ahead of this week’s blizzard.
At the Whole Foods on P Street NW, all yellow onions were gone and only red onions remained, befuddling shoppers.
“That was weird,” Capitol Hill resident Virginia Brown said as she stood in line to check out.
Jonas? Like, the brothers? Jonas? Like, the Weezer song? Jonas? Jonas? This storm — expected to dump double-digit snowfall across the region and bring wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour — is no Jonas.
We all know storms need to have catchy names. There was, of course, the Knickerbocker blizzard of 1922, the Presidents’ Day snowstorm of ’79, Snowmageddon. But Jonas? That’s no name for a storm that threatens to bury the city in frozen water and spark a years-long shortage of bread, milk, eggs and toilet paper. (more…)
(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.
(Updated at 6:15 p.m. Thursday) Locals looking to pelt snowballs at people for fun this weekend will have two semi-official locations to do so: the Meridian Hill and Dupont Circle parks.
“SNOW WARS: The Snowball Strikes Back” is slated for Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Dupont Circle park. The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association, which is organizing the fight, is encouraging combatants to wear Star Wars costumes or other space-themed clothing.
The “Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park Snowball Showdown” is scheduled for Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Residents of the U Street corridor and surrounding neighborhoods should brace for a powerful winter storm with double-digit snow totals throughout the D.C. area later this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for the District from Friday afternoon to Saturday night.
The storm could bring more than a foot of snow.
Early morning snow hit the streets of the area. When checking for closings and delays, WTOP is a great source.
Be aware of slippery snow patches on the sidewalks and frozen steps as you commute to work or run errands. The sun is out, but with temperatures in the low 20s, it won’t be enough to melt away the patches.
The DC Government Snow Team has deployed 190 plows. They have been on their routes since last night at 10 pm.
“Major streets, bridges, elevated structures are being pre-treated with a brine/beet juice mixture to help prevent snow from sticking to the pavement. The weather forecast calls for snow to fall between 10 pm and 6 am with a possibility of up to one inch of accumulated snow”.
For snow safety tips, check out this DC Government website.
From Matty Rhoades
Borderstan got the following press release Friday from the DC Department of Public Works, “Today’s Dry Run for DC Snow Team Prepares Staff for Saturday’s Possible Snow Event.”
Admittedly we are getting something this Saturday afternoon that
is might be classified as is definitely a “wintry mix.” However, the limit of my panic is to stay home. Remember: A great place to get updates on weather-related closings is WTOP.com.
I know DPW is doing their job (kudos to them), but I refuse to play along — I will not rush to the grocery store to buy gallons of milk, 12-packs of toilet paper or 10 frozen pizzas. Now, repeat that phrase to yourself, and refuse to follow the time-honored DC tradition of freak-out during winter weather.
Here is the Friday release from DPW. (You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.) Decide for yourself what panic-striken actions are necessary.
Washington, DC) The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) conducted its “Dry Run” today, giving heavy and light plow truck drivers and other equipment operators the opportunity to practice their skills before the first snowfall, which might be tomorrow, October 29. The Dry Run showcased about 250 pieces of equipment, including front end loaders that fill the plows with salt, tow trucks used to remove vehicles parked illegally during a snow emergency, and tanker trucks used to pre-treat the major roadways. In addition to drivers, team members include IT, quality control, safety and salt dome staff.
Saturday’s forecast calls for rain mixed with snow in the afternoon, ending around 7 pm to 8 pm. Any snow mixed with rain is expected to melt on the roadways, and pavement and air temperatures are expected to remain above freezing.
“The District will deploy several plows during the day to monitor bridges and other elevated structures and apply salt if necessary,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “If the snow doesn’t materialize, we will stand down.” He added, “It is a coincidence that the Dry Run occurred the day before the first flakes are predicted for the District. Tomorrow’s forecast of rain mixed with snow kept us focused, and we will be ready if Saturday’s forecast becomes more severe and we have to deploy more plows.”
“Our Snow Team is a year-round operation. From the moment it stops snowing to the moment it starts, we are preparing our plan, our people and our plows for the snow season,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “The Dry Run brings it all together and allows us to fine tune everything before the real work begins. This is also a good time for the public to look ahead and develop a personal plan for their families and their commutes in bad weather.”
From Michelle Lancaster
What’s Next for MOVA Lounge?
Gone, but not really even gone and certainly not forgotten is MOVA Lounge. Borderstan has confirmed with owner Babak Movahedi that MOVA Lounge will definitely reopen in a new location in “late spring.” Movahedi also confirmed that the new location will be in the “U Street corridor,” but would say no more. MetroWeekly reported in the fall that MOVA was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last fall; Movahedi told Borderstan that the company came out of bankruptcy on December 17.
From Michelle Lancaster. Got a news tip or event? Send Michelle an email.
D.C. Reacts Calmly to Snow
WMATA Introduces Concept of Random Bag Checks
In a WMATA meeting described as “bonkers” by TBD, two chairmen announced their resignations (one expected, one was a surprise) and Metro announced their new random bag inspection policy. Riders can decline the inspection and leave the station, but I doubt that will be viewed as a pleasant or innocent act. Safety first, I guess?
PNC Bank Robbed
Be careful around the neighborhood at ATM’s and banks. The PNC Bank branch at 14th and P Street NW was robbed around 2 pm Thursday afternoon. The police report said the suspect flashed a gun, so in all seriousness, be cautious and stay safe.
Height Act Raises Ire at Meeting
Washington City Paper has a ‘think piece’ that’s worth checking out on the much-debated Height Act that restricts buildings in D.C. Originally enacted for fire safety, it was Borderstan’s own Cairo Hotel’s height that pushed the city to codify the limit. Love the city vistas? Want more space in hopes of lower rent? Hate the pun in the headline? Tell us in the comments!
Finally, a List D.C. Does Well On!
Kwame Brown shared a Washington Business Journal list that took a look at all 50 states (and us), and ranked them in order of most women-owned business. D.C. was ranked first with 34.5% of all businesses in the city owned by women.
DC9 Stays Dark
TBD reports that, despite being cleared to open on Wednesday, DC9 stayed dark. No one seems sure why, but a handful of loyal regulars stopped by to find out the bad news. Protests were expected, but absent. The long-awaited autopsy report on the cause of Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s death should be available soon, and expect a full ABRA review of the bar at that time.
Can you believe this was Monday, only five days ago?