Wednesday, January 20, 2016

City of Mount Rainier Weather Fact Sheet

With the possibility of double digit snow accumulations that may blanket the City in the coming days we invite you to prepare your household as well as your family for upcoming weather conditions. The information was also printed in the December/January edition of the Message Newsletter:

When listening to the television and radio here is the breakdown of weather conditions:

·         Freezing rain – rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads and walkways.

·         Hail – rain that turns to ice while suspended and tossed in the air from violent updrafts in a thunderstorm.

·         Sleet – rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground.

·         Winter Weather Advisory – cold, ice and snow are expected.

·         Winter Storm Watch – severe winter weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible within a day or two.

·         Winter Storm Warning – severe weather conditions have begun or are about to begin.

·         Blizzard Warning – heavy snow and strong winds producing blinding snow (near zero visibility) and life threatening wind chills for three hours or longer.

·         Frost/freeze Warning – below freezing temperatures are expected.

When weather conditions warrant the declaration of a snow emergency Mount Rainier follows the District of Columbia, not Prince George’s County or the State of Maryland. The City Manager of Mount Rainier may declare an emergency independent of DC and other jurisdictions when conditions in the City warrant a special declaration. Tune in to your local news, the City’s website and the list serve for City closures, trash/recycle changes and other information that is due to the declaration from a weather emergency.

The Mount Rainier Police Department will notify residents of snow emergency declarations and other winter weather information via Twitter feed. Simply follow @MRPDChief on Twitter to get the latest. The Police will also post critical updates on the Chief’s Blog at:

Mount Rainier City government closings will be announced on WUSA’s 9 News Now ( and Fox 5.  It will also be posted on cable/web.

When a snow emergency is declared, parking along the following streets is automatically prohibited for the duration of the snow emergency:

·         34th Street from Eastern Avenue to Arundel Road;

·         Chillum Road from Arundel Road to the City boundary at Queens Chapel Road (MD Rt. 500);

·         Rainier Avenue from 34th Street to Upshur Street;

·         Upshur Street from Rainier Avenue to 28th Place;

·         28th Place from Upshur Street to Russell Avenue;

·         Russell Avenue from 28th Place to Arundel Road;

·         Varnum Street from Russell Avenue to Eastern Avenue;

·         Arundel Road from Russell Avenue to 34th Street

Vehicles found parked on a snow emergency route during or after a snow emergency has been declared by the City are subject to a $100 fine (City Code §13A-107) and to being impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.



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