- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia plans to deploy about 200 plows based on weather reports that call for up to half an inch of snow before midnight.

LaToya Foster, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said by phone Friday morning that crews have been pretreating the roads overnight as a precaution. She says officials want to make sure the roads are safe.

The National Weather Service is warning of a chance of snow Friday evening. Not much is expected to accumulate, but with extremely cold temperatures, what little does fall could easily turn to ice on untreated roads.

Officials asked motorists to drive cautiously and, if possible, take public transportation. Residents and business owners were also being asked to treat sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing.

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