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The first heavy winter weather is expected to hit parts of the region Monday, and it's putting the spotlight on one local utility.

During the summer, when the weather was far from what it has been in recent days, Pepco had major problems with power outages. The outcry after week-long outages following thunderstorms during the high humid heat was enough to get lawmakers in Maryland to finally push the utility for changes.

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett formed a committee to work with Pepco to find solutions to the utilities woes, and he says so far, Pepco has been cooperative with the county. Leggett says he takes that to mean Pepco is serious about preventing outages during severe weather, and he is confident the utility will respond well to any snowfall Monday.

"We've had enough finger pointing. We've had enough blame going around. We need to look at solutions and work with them in order for us to have the best results that we need. So I'm more hopeful," he says.

Leggett says his committee will release its report on Pepco in the coming weeks.

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