Updated: 10:59 p.m. Feb. 12, 2014
Posted: 4 p.m. Feb. 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A snow emergency is in effect in the District for the first time since 2010.

City officials declared the snow emergency as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Vehicles parked on designated snow emergency routes will be towed and ticketed. According to the District Department of Transportation website there’s a $250 fine for parking on a snow emergency route during a declared emergency, plus a $100 towing fee as well as impound fees

Mayor Vincent Gray says the storm, which is expected to bring 9 to 12 inches of snow to the nation’s capital, will likely cause the city to exceed its snow removal budget for the year.

The city’s government offices will be closed Thursday.

A state of emergency has already been declared in Maryland and Virginia.

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