WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New D.C. Mayor Hopes To Over-Prepare For Anticipated Snow

Play associated audio
A bulldozer moves salt from D.C.'s salt dome in Northeast Washington on Friday onto trucks, which then disperse it on streets throughout the city.
Jessica Jordan
A bulldozer moves salt from D.C.'s salt dome in Northeast Washington on Friday onto trucks, which then disperse it on streets throughout the city.

The D.C. area remains under a winter weather advisory. The region has been bracing for some snow but so far, the metro area has been mostly spared.

It's been pretty quiet at the salt dome, except for a bulldozer that has been moving giant mounds of salt around.

The storm has not, at least by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, packed the punch that forecasters feared, but lawmakers are not taking any chances -- especially with this storm, which has paralyzed parts of the South and looks to do the same along the East Coast.

New Mayor Vincent Gray was at the salt dome Tuesday afternoon. He says crews started salting bridges and ramps a couple days ago and are now doing the same to roadways and parking spots.

He says it's better to be over-prepared, especially as a brand new mayor.

"We'll be ready for 10 and hope for none," he says.

Other jurisdictions are doing the same; everyone preparing for the worst in case this storm surprises forecasters again and actually brings more snow than expected.

NPR

'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

The directors of Swiss Army Man — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.
NPR

Can Arnold Schwarzenegger Persuade China To Eat Less Meat?

Like the U.S., China is battling obesity and climate change. So it's urging citizens to eat less meat — and spreading the word with public service ads featuring Hollywood stars.
NPR

The Man Who Argued Health Care For Obama Looks Back As He Steps Down

The day after Solicitor General Donald Verrilli announced he was stepping down, he sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg to reflect on his five years as the government's chief advocate.
NPR

Shock, Rage And Gallows Humor: A Brexit Backlash On Social Media

Young voters had overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union. Now there's a flood of anger from those who accuse older generations of choosing a future they don't want.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.