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Snow emergencies: Move your car, or it'll cost you

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Counties and cities across the D.C. region have declared snow emergencies as the latest round of winter weather approaches. 

Here are details on what residents need to know by location:

A Snow Emergency goes into effect at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.  All vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to accommodate plows, and vehicles that are not moved will be towed and ticketed.   D.C,. hasn't declared a snow emergency since 2010. 

If you are parked along an emergency route, you'll be subject to a $250 fine, plus a $100 towing fee, and a $20 per day storage fee. The Department of Public Works no longer relocates vehicles in neighborhoods during snow emergencies.

For a full map of all DC Snow Emergency Routes, click here:

The D.C. Taxicab Commission has enacted a snow emergency fare, which will remain in effect for 12 hours unless it's extended due to weather conditions.  The Snow Emergency Fare authorizes taxicabs to add a flat fee of $15 to the metered charge.  The goal is to encourage taxis to remain in service during the storm. 

Drivers are advised to monitor the DCTC web site to be aware of possible extensions or changes. Riders who believe they have been charged an excessive fare or who encounter service problems are advised to contact DCTC at 855.484.4966 or and leave a brief message describing the issue.

Montgomery County:
A declared snow emergency begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday.  Parking is prohibited along routes that are signed and marked as Snow Emergency Routes.  Vehicles parked on those roads will be ticketed and towed.

Residents are urged to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.  Any vehicle that does drive on the road must have all-weather or snow tires or chains. 
Residents are also being urged to move their vehicles off-street if possible so that snow plows can move more efficiently.  Free parking in county-owned parking lots and garages only will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Thursday to encourage residents to park vehicles off-road in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills. Staff will assess conditions when the storm ends to determine whether free parking will continue to be offered on Friday.  Where parking is still permitted, payment will be required at on-street meters.

Taxicabs are allowed to charge $2.50 extra per trip during a declared snow emergency.

The latest information about closings, delays and other snow-related updates are also available on the County’s website at or by calling the MC311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311. The Call Center will remain open all night tonight. Or, follow Facebook or Twitter and use #mocostorm.

Charles County:
A local state of emergency in Charles County was declared at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The declaration is made to ensure the Department of Emergency Services will have authority to engage, deploy, and coordinate available resources to protect the lives and property of Charles County residents. The state of emergency order will be in effect for up to seven days.The Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to prepare for the possible winter storm. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Citizens are asked to keep roadways clear during the storm and avoid travel unless in the event of an emergency.

Severe weather notices are posted online at, on CCGTV cable television broadcast on Verizon channel 10 and Comcast channel 95, on and on Twitter Sign up at to receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by e-mail. For weather-related inquiries, call 888-460-SNOW (7669).

A declared snow emergency begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Mandatory removal of cars from snow emergency routes in Gaithersburg beginning at that time. Failure to comply could result in ticketing or towing. 
Recycling for Thursday, February 13 is being suspended.  For those whose regular recycling day is Thursday, pick-up will be scheduled for Saturday, February 15. 

Residents are also reminded that they are responsible for clearing sidewalks abutting their property.  This is often easier to accomplish if done during or immediately following the weather event.
Additional information about closures and conditions in Gaithersburg will posted on the City’s website at and will be issued via the Alert Gaithersburg emergency notification system.  To register visit

A Snow Emergency is already underway in the city of Laurel.  Parking is prohibited on the even-numbered side of designated city snow routes.  All other posted parking restrictions remain in effect. Parking is prohibited on both sides of the street along state and county snow Routes. You may also receive a telephone message from the city advising you to remove vehicles if they are parked on a Snow Emergency Route. Please be aware that cars parked illegally along Snow Emergency Routes will be ticketed, towed and impounded at the owner's expense and risk. If your car is towed, call the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092 for release information.
City ordinance also requires all owners and occupants to clear ice and snow from sidewalks fronting their property within 12 hours after the cessation of snowfall or ice accumulation. Failure to clear your sidewalk may result in a fine. Please clear your sidewalk for the convenience and safety of pedestrians and access by emergency personnel; and please do not shovel ice and snow from your driveway or sidewalk onto the street. It causes a traffic hazard and is against City law.
For more information on snow removal, please visit the City's website at


The city of Manassas has declared a Snow Emergency effective at 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Cars parked along designated snow emergency routes are subject to towing and fines.  Snow emergency routes in the City of Manassas are as follows: Dumfries Road/Route 234, Hastings Drive, Godwin Drive, Liberia Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Grant Avenue, Wellington Road, Ashton Avenue, Cockrell Road, Nokesville Road/Route 28, Center Street, Prescott Avenue, Sudley Road/Route 234, Church Street, Zebedee Street, Centreville Road/Route 28, Mathis Avenue, Portner Avenue, and Euclid Avenue

Once the snow event is over, the City will issue a termination of the snow emergency and will reopen these streets to parking.
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