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Will This Winter Be As Bad As Last Year's?

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Last winter was historic in the D.C. region. Authorities are now preparing in case it happens again.

Keith Compton is the head of Montgomery County's highway maintenance team, which includes snow removal. He says last winter's historic weather means very little when preparing for this winter.

"You really don't form a game plan for this year based on what happened last year. Last year was historic. It exceeded 100-year expectations," he says.

But there will be a few changes this winter. The county will have more snow plow routes, as Compton felt some of the routes last year were too long. There will also be a new online map so residents can see which streets have been plowed. But how much will they be needed this winter?

"My right knee and my left hip tells me that it's going to be a fairly mild. We're thinking right now, probably less snowfall than average," he says.

But Compton does say he expects a few large ice storms this year, which he says can be more treacherous than snowstorms.

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