Weather-Related Information, Cancellations & Closings
Monday, March 17, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Alexandria area until 2 p.m. today. Additional snow accumulation of up to two inches is possible.
Snow Plowing Priorities
The City clears snow from more than 560 lane miles of roadway, 20 miles of City-owned walkways and trails, and 44 acres of municipal parking lots or City-owned squares. Roads are plowed by priority, with primary and snow emergency routes cleared first, followed by secondary routes and then residential streets. During a major storm, it may only be possible to plow roads so that they are passable for emergency vehicles, rather than down to the pavement across all travel lanes. Use the City’s SnowReport tracking system to check on plowing priorities, the status of your street, or to submit a concern. Residents and businesses can help by staying off the roads during and after snowfall, not parking on posted snow emergency routes, promptly clearing sidewalks and entrances, not shoveling snow into the street, and clearing snow from around fire hydrants and storm drains.
Who To Contact
- If your power goes out, report it to Dominion Virginia Power at 866.DOM.HELP (866.366.4357) or www.dom.com.
- To report a water main break or for questions about water service, contact Virginia American Water at 800.452.6863.
- For questions or concerns about storm response, call 703.746.HELP. Please call 911 only in the case of a life-threatening emergency or serious crime.
- For details, including storm level definitions and preparedness information, visit alexandriava.gov/Snow, sign up for the City’s free eNews service, or connect online at alexandriava.gov/SocialMedia.
- If you are able, check on your neighbors to make sure they have heat and are safely weathering the cold. Check the Health Department website for tips on preparing for frigid temperatures.
The best thing you can do to prepare for any emergency, including winter storms, is to prepare for the possibility that it may not be safe to travel for three or more days, and that power may be out during this period. When the next emergency hits, will you be ready?
- Taxis are required to add a $5 snow surcharge, effective at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 17, until further notice. The purpose of the surcharge is to induce taxis to provide service during difficult conditions. However, keep in mind that all travel is hazardous today, and only essential trips should be undertaken.
- DASH Bus has announced that DASH buses and the King Street Trolley will not operate on Monday, March 17.
- WMATA has announced limited Metrobus service for Monday, March 17. See wmata.com for details.
- For Capital Bikeshare status, see www.capitalbikeshare.org .
Curbside Trash and Recycling Collection
Solid waste collection will not take place on Monday, March 17. All curbside trash and recycling collection will “slide” one day. For instance, residences that normally would have had curbside collection on Monday, March 17 will have their refuse and recycling collected on Tuesday, March 18.
Cancellations & Closures
- All City government offices and facilities, and all courts in the Alexandria Courthouse at 520 King Street, will be closed on Monday, March 17. Emergency staff should report as scheduled.
- Alexandria City Public Schools have announced that all schools will be closed on Monday, March 17. See ACPS' Emergency Announcements page for details.