200 plows out treating roads in DC, property owners asked to put rock salt on sidewalks


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WASHINGTON — More than 200 plows are out in the District of Columbia treating roadways.

The city's emergency alert system says the plows have been out since the early hours of Monday to treat the roadways because of expected freezing rain. The city is asking property owners to also put rock salt or de-icer on the sidewalks to prevent ice from forming.

A freezing rain advisory is in effect for the Washington area until 9 a.m. and officials say freezing rain can leave a coating of ice on roadways and sidewalks.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Peloquin says that while temperatures are expected to rise later Monday, turning the rain from freezing rain into regular rain, temperatures are expected to drop overnight so wet roadways and sidewalks could re-freeze.

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