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Winter’s upon us: and that means snow and ice. We wanted to let you know how Arlington deals with winter weather.

Arlington has a phased response to all snow incidents. Once a winter weather storm has been forecast, we enter Phase 1: Alert. In the Alert phase, County crews begin treating roads and preparing for a storm. You can help too by staying informed, and organizing with your neighbors to move all cars off the roads or to one side of the street. This will help us greatly when it comes time to plow residential neighborhoods.

When the snow starts, we enter Phase 2: Clearing the primary routes. While the snow is falling, snow plow crews will work at clearing only the primary and secondary arterials. It’s vital that we keep these roads open for emergency use. We recommend that residents stay off the road at this time unless absolutely necessary and be aware that even primary routes may only be passable in one lane at this time.

When the snow stops we can begin to move into Phase 3: widening the passage way on primary and secondary arterial routes and beginning the process of cleaning residential streets.

You can help us in Phase 3 in several ways. First, Arlington has a Snow Ordinance that requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours, or within 36 hours if accumulation are more than 6 inches. Snow from private property may not be deposited onto public property. And please, Be a Good Neighbor and help those who live around you to clear their walks, particularly if you have neighbors who are elderly or physically incapable of shoveling snow. If you live near a fire hydrant, please help by clearing the snow from the hydrant so first responders may find them easily.

The County has many great resources for helping you stay informed during a winter weather event. Go to the Snow Central page on the County website.  There you can report snow issues we need to be aware of.  You can also find out about cancellations, closings, and delays in the County. And you can even view real-time road conditions through dozens of live traffic cameras.

Remember: be informed, be prepared, be patient, and be a good neighbor. And we’ll all get through the winter together. Search Word “Snow Central

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