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Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7400
WASHINGTON— Plowing and emergency response efforts are far from over in national parks in and around the Nation’s Capital. All national park programs are canceled, and facilities will remain closed through at leastSunday—including monuments and memorials at the National Mall. A decision about resuming operations will be made prior toMonday, taking into consideration the safety of park staff and visitors and guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as National Park Service employees work to clear roads and reopen national parks throughout the region.
Even though snow is expected to taper offSaturdaynight andSunday’sforecast is calling for sun, we ask everyone— including drivers, pedestrians, and skiers— to please stay off the roads so plows and emergency vehicles can do their work. National park maintenance staff are working hard to keep roads accessible for emergency vehicles.
In the Greater Washington Area alone, the National Park Service manages more than 700 parks and several major roadways, including the Baltimore-Washington, Rock Creek and George Washington Memorial parkways. Crews will continue to plow nearly 300 miles of roads, clear 155 bridges, and shovel more than 100 miles of sidewalks. Efforts to reopen parks, assess facilities, and clear roads, trails and sidewalks will take time even after the storm ends.
As response efforts move into a recovery phaseon SundayorMonday, visitors should remain cautious throughout the week, heed weather warnings, and respect closures:
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