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Weather-Related Information, Cancellations & Closings

March 17, 2014

The snowstorm that ended on Monday, March 17, 2014 should be considered a Level 1 snow emergency for purposes of the ordinance requiring residents and property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Residents and property owners had until noon on Tuesday, March 18 to clear sidewalks in order to comply with the City ordinance. Violations should be reported to 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357).

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.

Emergency Preparedness

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?

Cancellations & Closures

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