Preparations and Warming Centers As the DMV Braces for Snow

The National Weather Service is predicting several inches of snow will blanket the DMV over the weekend. Local government are jumping to action to keep residents safe and warm. Here’s a listing of centers where you can go to escape “Old Man Winter.”

(WASHINGTON, DC) – With the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasting two to four inches of snow in the District this weekend, beginning sometime Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday, Mayor Bowser has deployed the DC Snow Team to begin pre-treatment of roads.  The Mayor has ordered the deployment of more than 200 trucks to pre-treat all District roads on Saturday, January 12. The DC Snow Team will continue its deployment through Sunday evening, treating and plowing roads as necessary. Residents and motorists can register to receive important weather alerts from the District on their devices by signing up for AlertDC at

Despite the continuation of the partial government shutdown, the National Park Service will be bringing in personnel to cover the network of roads, sidewalks and pathways under the responsibility of the federal agency, as is their normal snow plan.

The DC Snow Team encourages residents and commercial property owners to apply abrasives such as rock salt, de-icer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls. After the storm, property owners are also asked to shovel their sidewalks.  To report any concerns, residents should call the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.

For more information about DC’s snow program and preparing for winter weather, or to see where District Snow Team plows are working, go to Ongoing updates are also posted on the social media accounts of the Department of Public Works (DPW): Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hypothermia Alert and Shelters in DC

The District has activated the Hypothermia Alert and the alert will stay activated throughout the weekend. Hypothermia alerts are activated when the NWS forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is or will be 32° F or below; or, when the temperature is forecasted to be 40° F or below, and the forecasted chance of precipitation is fifty percent or greater.

Low-Barrier Shelters for individuals operate year-round and will be open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. If a Hypothermia Alert is issued, all shelters are open all day and will remain open during the extent of the Hypothermia Alert.

New York Avenue Shelter at 1355 New York Avenue, NE
801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
Adams Place Emergency Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE
Community for Creative Non Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW (Drop In Center is open only during Hypothermia Alert)

Nativity Shelter for Women at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7:00 p.m.)
Harriet Tubman at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Building #27
Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW
Community for Creative Non Violence (CCNV) at the 425 Second Street, NW (Drop In Center is open only during Hypothermia Alert)

Seasonal Shelters are open daily from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N Street, SW

The Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
Malcolm X Recreation Center (Co-Ed) at 1351 Alabama Ave, SE

Hypothermia Shelters are open from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. anytime a Hypothermia Alert is called, except in recreation centers, where, due to previously scheduled programming, the shelter opens at 9:00 p.m.

Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW
Banneker Recreation Center at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW (Monday – Friday; 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street NW (Monday – Friday; 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
Malcolm X Recreation Center (Co-Ed) at 1351 Alabama Ave, SE
Salvation Army (Co-Ed) at 3335 Sherman Ave, NW

New Covenant Baptist at 1301 W Street, SE
Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th St, NE (Monday – Friday; 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
Community of Christ at 3526 Massachusetts Ave, NW
• Malcolm X Recreation Center (Co-Ed) at 1351 Alabama Ave, SE
• Salvation Army (Co-Ed) at 3335 Sherman Ave, NW

Transportation to Warmth and Safety: Free transportation to shelter is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Hypothermia Alert. To request transportation to shelter for people in Washington, DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the Shelter Hotline by calling (202) 399-7093 or 311. Please include the time, address or location of the person, and a description of the person’s appearance.

Increased Outreach: The Department of Human Services (DHS) will amplify outreach efforts during the weekend to raise awareness about the availability of Hypothermia Shelters.

Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Families may also call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.

Over in Prince George’s County,  the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (PGCDSS) wants to remind residents to review their household safety plans to ensure they are adequately prepared and to keep these important resources handy in the event they encounter someone without heat or shelter during inclement weather.For residents experiencing a heating emergency, warming centers are available throughout the County to provide relief from the cold temperatures. Here’s a listing of warming centers.

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex

7007 Bock Road

Fort Washington, MD 20744


Temple Hills Community Center

5300 Temple Hill Road

Temple Hills, MD 20748


 Suitland Community Center

5600 Regency Lane

Forestville, MD 20747


Cedar Heights Community Center

1200 Glen Willow Drive

Seat Pleasant, MD 20743


Oakcrest Community Center

1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard

Capitol Heights, MD 20743


Largo Kettering Perrywood Community Center

431 Watkins Park Drive

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Glenarden Community Center

8615 McLain Avenue

Glendarden, MD 20706


Kentland Community Center

2413 Pinebrook Avenue

Landover, MD 20785


Langley Park Community Center

1500 Merrimac Drive

Hyattsville, MD 20783


Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center

6120 Sargent Road

Chillum, MD 20782


John E. Howard Senior Activity Center

4400 Shell Street

Capitol Heights, MD 20743


Camp Springs Senior Activity Center

6420 Allentown Road

Camp Springs, MD 20748


Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center

7120 Contee Road

Laurel, MD 20707


For residents who are unsheltered or who experience a housing emergency, please contact the County’s homeless hotline immediately at 1-888-731-0999 to make arrangements for shelter.

“As the cold winter weather approaches, I want to urge anyone who is in need of shelter or a place to get warm to take advantage of the County’s resources,” said Gloria Brown Burnett, PGCDSS Director. ‘’The Homeless Hotline is available 24 hours a day and our warming centers are in effect any time temperatures fall below 32 degrees. The safety and well being of our residents is our top priority.”