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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The city of Frederick is preparing for a significant snowfall.

The public works department said Tuesday it will start collecting trash at midnight Wednesday night instead of at 2 a.m. in hopes of finishing before heavy snow arrives.

The department also asks people to move their vehicles off the streets on Wednesday.

The preparations spring from a National Weather Service forecast for five or more inches of snow across much of Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

The weather service says heavy, wet snow and strong winds could produce power outages.

The heaviest snow is forecast in a band that includes Frederick, Carroll and Baltimore counties. Those counties suffered multi-day power outages from an ice storm last week.