WASHINGTON — Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser apologized Thursday to district residents for the city failing to be prepared for an inch of snowfall that came down on the nation’s capital Wednesday night. The incident comes just a day before a record storm is expected to wallop Washington.
She tweeted, “Last night the District failed to deploy the necessary resources in response to the snow – for that I am sorry.”
She also held a press conference reiterating the same information, and assuring the residents that the city is prepared for the upcoming blizzard.
“We believe that we did not provide adequate resources at a time when it could (have made) a difference in last evening’s commute. We should have been out with more resources,” she told reporters.
Even President Barack Obama was affected by the snowy streets as his motorcade made its way from Joint Base Andrews to the White House. Motorcade vans skidded and slipped on the icy roads, making contact with the curbs and the drive, which normally takes about 25 minutes, instead took an hour.
The snow is expected to hit Washington on Friday and lock down residents in the city to their homes. Officials have recommended residents stock up on food and other necessities in the case that power goes out in the city.
Blizzard watches now cover the Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City metro areas, or nearly 30 million people, according to the National Weather Service.