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With more snow and sleet forecast for Tuesday, Prince George’s County officials will be plowing and salting roads to minimize delays and prevent accidents.

Carol Terry, county public works and transportation department spokeswoman, said county roads will be plowed and salted Tuesday.

The National Weather Forecast predicts the county will see two to four inches of sleet and snow accumulation throughout the day Tuesday starting in the morning through the afternoon.

“Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution and allow extra time for travel,” said Darrell Mobley, acting director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, in a statement.

The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Montgomery County on Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is predicting heavy snow for the area. To monitor street plow status in Montgomery County, log on to http://www5.montgomerycountymd.gov/snowmap/

Freezing rain Sunday night forced some delays on Prince George’es County departments and a two-hour delay of public schools. The county’s Department of Permitting and Licensing was closed due to power outages, according to county new releases.

All other Prince George’s offices and the county courts were open and operating on time Monday, according to a county news release. No determination on county openings and public school delays or closures have been made at this time, Terry said.

While slick road conditions have caused delays for some commuters, Prince George’s police have not had any reports of major accidents due to the weather, said Officer Harry Bond, a county police spokesman. Montgomery police also did not report and major accidents.

Prince George’s police will continue to monitor road conditions and ensure public safety, said Lt. William Alexander, county police spokesman.

“Clearly this [weather] is a relatively minor event,” Alexander said. “That could change with severity of the storm.”

Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey said about 5,200 residents were without power after Monday’s storm and that the electric company is working to get everyone back online. Hainey said about 13,000 customers in the Washington, D.C., and Montgomery and Prince George’s region were without power Monday afternoon.

“Our goal is to get everyone back online,” Hainey said. “We are monitoring the weather.”

The first round of the storm has left thousands of people without power. According to their websites, as of 1:30 p.m. Pepco is reporting 1,172 without power in Montgomery and 4,111 in Prince George’s; BGE reported about 42 customers without power in Montgomery and 74 in Prince George’s; and in Virginia, Dominion reported 39,868 customers out in Fairfax County and another 1,219 in Fairfax City.

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