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New D.C. Mayor Hopes To Over-Prepare For Anticipated Snow

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A bulldozer moves salt from D.C.'s salt dome in Northeast Washington on Friday onto trucks, which then disperse it on streets throughout the city.
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A bulldozer moves salt from D.C.'s salt dome in Northeast Washington on Friday onto trucks, which then disperse it on streets throughout the city.

The D.C. area remains under a winter weather advisory. The region has been bracing for some snow but so far, the metro area has been mostly spared.

It's been pretty quiet at the salt dome, except for a bulldozer that has been moving giant mounds of salt around.

The storm has not, at least by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, packed the punch that forecasters feared, but lawmakers are not taking any chances -- especially with this storm, which has paralyzed parts of the South and looks to do the same along the East Coast.

New Mayor Vincent Gray was at the salt dome Tuesday afternoon. He says crews started salting bridges and ramps a couple days ago and are now doing the same to roadways and parking spots.

He says it's better to be over-prepared, especially as a brand new mayor.

"We'll be ready for 10 and hope for none," he says.

Other jurisdictions are doing the same; everyone preparing for the worst in case this storm surprises forecasters again and actually brings more snow than expected.

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