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Arlington Crews Prepare for ‘Snowquester’

by ARLnow.com March 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm 8 Comments

Snowy scenes around North Arlington 1/27/11The snow storm alternately known as “Snowquester” or “Winter Storm Saturn” will dump up to 8 inches of the heavy, wet snow on Arlington between this afternoon and early Thursday, according to forecasters.

Arlington County says it’s proceeding with a “full mobilization” of its snow-removal crews.

From Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel:

Arlington County’s Department of Environmental Services is preparing today for a full mobilization to deal with the forecasted “[Winter] Storm Saturn.” The County will operate 46 of its trucks, and will secure six contract trucks or more as needed.

Staff are now hooking up equipment to the trucks in preparation for the storm, including plows, spreaders and chains. Starting at midnight, crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts (in compliance with safe practice standards) to treat and clear the streets. These shifts will continue through the storm and and extend into Thursday and Friday if necessary.

There are no current plans to haul or melt snow given the current forecast. This is subject to change depending on the storm.

Residents are encouraged to use the County’s online form to “Report a Snow Issue” 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling.

Stayed tuned to FacebookTwitter, and Snow and Ice Central for updates about snow removal operations.

Earlier this year the county released a video about Arlington’s snow removal process and ordinances governing snow removal requirements for property owners.

  • My snow shovel is at the ready.My snow shovel has been at the ready for the past 3 years. Sometimes it pays to be lazy and not put things away. Leddit snow.

    • Ian

      This is my shovel, there are many like it but this one is mine. Without me my shovel is nothing, Without my shovel…. I’m trapped in my house…..

  • Tre

    If one more person says snowquester….

    • Will the snowquester be 2% of the last snowstorm? Trash pickup has already been snowquestered for tomorrow.

  • Alex an Dria

    Did snowquester include the useless dumping of pre-treatment solution on the roads yesterday and today. Even the weathermen were saying how useless this is due to the fact that it is going to RAIN first before POSSIBLY changing to snow. Talk about budget shortfalls! How about eliminating this USELESS process and save the county MILLIONS in materials and labor!

    • Richard Cranium

      Left side of the keyboard, between “Shift” and “Tab”.
      HTH, HAND

  • Hasdrupal

    Here we go again! Panic and wild, contradictory statements leaving most folks convinced local officials are not up to the task. Hold on to your hats (and your umbrella, brum, and snow shovel).

    • Aaron

      It’s only the weather-related issues they have trouble with. They’re really geniuses when it comes to drawing school boundaries, funding the arts, and planning transportation budgets and so on. Don’t question their expertise.


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