Washington D.C. Enters State of Emergency Ahead of Blizzard

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:19:37 UTC by Perry Sanders III

Amid new models that forecast historic amounts of snowfall beginning tomorrow, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a state of emergency for the District of Columbia.

"We're preparing for a blizzard. I've lived in D.C. for almost my entire life, and I don't know that I've lived through a forecast like this. It is an extremely large storm," Bowser said.

The mayor also plans to declare a snow emergency beginning tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. And she said the blizzard will be treated as a "homeland security event," with the city activating its homeland security operations center.

It comes as no surprise that Mayor Bowser is taking extreme measures to ensure all snow removal resources are available, considering the chaos that has ensued from previous storms of only a couple inches.

In addition to Mayor Bowser's decision to declare a state of emergency, Metro officials say the entire rail and bus systems will be closed this weekend due to the major snowstorm expected in the region.