Thursday, January 21, 2010

Weather Alert

The National Weather Service is predicting precipitation will begin falling throughout the Metro region this evening. Precipitation will begin as rain but will quickly turn to ice/freezing rain and perhaps some snow as temperatures drop below freezing later in the evening.

Motorists are advised to:
· Give themselves additional time Friday morning as roadways may be icy and traffic slow.
· Take Metro as an option.
· Telecommute if possible.
· Drive with caution.
· Stay far back from plows and spreaders so that drivers can see their vehicle.
· Be patient and do not speed up to pass a working plow or spreader. This is dangerous to the snow crews and the motorist – stay behind at a safe distance.
· Do not drive distracted.
· Listen to media reports for weather updates.
· Remember that driving on ice is significantly different than driving on snow. Even a 4-wheel drive SUV does not perform well in ice and additional safety measures should be followed.
· Drivers should use extreme caution and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
· Be aware of road conditions, particularly black ice which can be deceptive in its appearance giving the driver a false sense of security on the road.
· Please remain alert and be aware of surrounding conditions including other vehicles and pedestrians.

Residents are reminded that the City of Mount Rainier follows the DC government regarding the declaration of snow emergencies. Residents should monitor weather conditions and the local news media in the event DC declares a snow emergency. During a snow emergency there is no parking allowed on City streets designated as a snow emergency route. Owners of vehicles parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency are subject to a $100 fine and/or having their vehicle towed.

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