© RIA Novosti. Yuri AbramochkinAmerican capital is preparing for the upcoming snowfall — The National Weather Service confirmed the forecast that on Saturday in Washington, DC and the surrounding area will fall from 4 to 10 inches of snow.
If meteorological predictions are true, in the metropolitan DC snow fall in October for the first time since 1979. The annual snowfall in the capital of the United States begins in December and January, and the first night frost — in late November.
"Warning of impending snowfall comes into force on Saturday at 02.00 local time (08.00 Moscow time) in Frederick County (Md.) and Loudoun (Virginia) and will run until eight o'clock in the morning (16.00 MSK) … As expected, the level of rainfall in the metropolitan area will be from 4 to 10 inches. Snowfall affected a large part of the metropolitan area, including the District of Columbia ", — said the weather service.
In some areas, according to the forecasters, the rain that turned into snow only in the evening Saturday. The temperature drops to five or six degrees Celsius on Friday, plus air temperature reached 11 degrees. On Sunday weather forecasters predict sunny weather and the air temperature around 12 degrees plus. Currently in Washington DC and the surrounding counties of Maryland and Virginia is a fine rain.
The administration of the District of Columbia, told RIA Novosti that the online services are ready for snow.
"We have the technology necessary reserves, reserves of anti-icing agents. Overnight We will monitor the situation and take appropriate action as necessary … We do not rule out that the emergency services of the city will be the morning of Saturday, put on high alert" — said representative of the City Hall.
The energy company Pepco, responsible for electricity metropolitan area, it is possible that the snow may cause power outages.
"Given the above-zero temperature, the snow will stick to the wire, which can lead to breakage and, consequently, the power failure. To minimize the damage to our customers, at present, our maintenance crews moved to intensive schedule service. They are ready immediately went to the scene of accidents ", — assured the representative of Pepco.
Winter 2010 snow for nearly a week paralyze the U.S. capital — closed schools, government institutions, public transport stopped working. A year later, in the winter of 2011, snow is almost not affected the life of the capital — city officials have learned from the events of last winter and early sprinkled with salt and reagents main roads and streets, and brought to the road specials.