City Desk

Whiteout Conditions Sideline Plows, Pepco Crews

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This morning's windblown snowmass has temporarily halted city plowing crews, officials say. As in other regional jurisdictions, low visibility due to blizzard conditions has made it impossible to operate heavy equipment safely in the District.

The city transportation department, says director Gabe Klein, will re-evaluate conditions every 20 minutes until plowing can safely resume. Pepco crews, he adds, have also been pulled off the streets. Blizzard conditions are expected to continue until noon.

Said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty at a press conference at city Snow Command: "There is no reason to go out anywhere."

UPDATE, 11:30 A.M.: DDOT press release: 'During a morning press conference District officials announced crews had been asked to pull to the side of the roadways as white out conditions were in effect during the ongoing snow storm. This is a temporary measure. Snow operations have not been suspended. All crews are still out working and on roadways.'

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