Snow Emergency in Effect to Thursday Morning

Transit on Reduced Schedule; Government Offices, Schools Closed

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Snowfall began Wednesday morning and is expected to continue into Thursday.

Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has declared a snow emergency for the DC area effective 9 a.m. Tuesday March 21 until 7 a.m. Thursday March 22. All snow emergency route parking enforcement is in effect.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) decided late Tuesday evening that schools would be closed. Most DC Public Charter Schools (DCPCS) are closed, but students can check with their schools or on the DCPCS inclement weather web page.

Federal and District Government are both closed for non-essential employees, and District Courts will be open on an emergency schedule only. Jurors need not report.

Metrobus service is operating on a moderate snow plan, which is about a 60% reduction in service; customers should check the website for details. Metrorail opened at 5 a.m. with trains operating on a modified weekday schedule both above and below ground. Metro Rush Hour Service will not operate Wednesday.

Amtrak trains will operate on modified service Wednesday, and full service will be restored pending improved conditions. VRE has cancelled service for Wednesday, but expects to return to full service on Thursday. MARC Train service has also been suspended for Wednesday, and officials say a decision will be made on Thursday service on Wednesday.

While enforcement of street sweeping parking regulations has been suspended Wednesday, Emergency Snow Route enforcement is in full swing, so check where your car is parked. Call (202) 727-5000 to locate a towed vehicle. Check the live snow plow tracker to see where they are.

If you experience a power outage or see downed lines, call Pepco at 877-7377-2662. Check or track outages by visiting the Pepco website or downloading the Pepco App for iOS or Android devices.

If you think there is a gas emergency, call Washington Gas Emergency at 703-750-1400; for water emergencies, call DC Water at 202-612-3400.

If you see someone in need of shelter, call the Shelter Hotline to request transportation at 202-399-7093, or call 311.