January 27, 2016
In light of snowstorm Jonas, the Montgomery County Public Information Office would like to share some important information regarding snow policies for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016:
- Montgomery County government and subsequent facilities will be closed Jan. 27.
- No trash or recycling will be picked up on Jan. 27. Residents should not take their bins to the curb. Public drop-off areas and the Recycling Center will remain closed.
- The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station will be open on Jan. 27 via the Shady Grove Road entrance. Services include only customers dropping off large loads of trash between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Ride On will operate on the 'S' schedule. For a complete schedule and more information, click here. Riders should expect some delays and detours due to the snow conditions.
- Full Metrorail service has resumed.
- Montgomery County Public Schools and all administrative offices will be closed Jan. 27 due to emergency weather conditions. All school, childcare and community activities in school buildings are cancelled.
- The County Council session for Jan. 26 is rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.
- The Council Town Hall meeting in Clarksville scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27 is cancelled.
- The Department of Permitting Service eServices and the County’s 311 Call Center for the snowstorm online and available 24/7
This historic 3-foot snowfall means that clearing the roads includes plowing and hauling away the record amount of snow. In many places, the snow cannot be pushed to the side. It must be hauled away, making it difficult for immediate road clearance. This process will result in a multi-day recovery, so we ask for residents to be patient as our County crews continue to work 24/7.
Our priority is to clear 1,000 lane miles of emergency and priority roads then to clear 4,000 lane miles of neighborhood roads for passable access. Lastly, follow-up runs will complete the road clearance. While the roads are being plowed, we urge residents to clear the snow from sidewalks in front of their homes. (For public safety, snow must be hauled in a 3-foot radius from fire hydrants.) If you wish to assist those who need help with shoveling or would like help from a volunteer, visit snowcrew.org.
As the snow begins to melt, clear your neighborhood storm drains to enhance drainage and prevent flooding.
Driving and Walking:
Below freezing temperatures mean that even plowed roads can ice overnight, so we advise residents to stay home and off the roads while plow drivers are clearing the area.
If residents must drive, we advise you to stay cautious:
- Watch out for pedestrians walking to bus and other transit stops and on the street.
- Proceed carefully at intersections, as there may be reduced sight lines due to snow piles.
- Turn slowly.
If residents must walk, we advise you to stay alert:
- Don’t walk at night, but if you do, wear reflective clothing to stay visible.
- Don’t walk in the street.
- Do not walk alone.