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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The City of Rockville declared a snow emergency on Tuesday in preparation for an anticipated major storm that is expected to hit the Washington metropolitan region Wednesday night through Thursday.

The city said crews are on standby to plow the snow and is asking residents to move all vehicles from roads, including neighborhood streets, by 6 p.m. Wednesday. All vehicles should be left in garages and driveways if possible, the city added.

For people without garages, driveways or cars that will not fit in the garages or driveways, the city asks citizens to park on the even-numbered side of the street. The city said, on courts or cul-de-sacs, citizens should park away from the bulb and on the left-hand side of the street as traffic enters the court or cul-de-sac.

According to the Rockville's snow ordinance, snow must be removed from sidewalks, steps, driveways, parking spaces and similar paved areas for public use within 48 hours after a snowfall or three to 10 inches and within 72 hours after a snowfall of more than 10 inches. A safe, passable path 36 inches wide must be provided when clearing paved areas the city added.

The Department of Public Works is getting ready for 24-hour operations and is asking the public for patience and for everybody to be prepared.

The city said residents should avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary, in order to make it easier for crews to treat the roads.

For answers to frequently asked questions about snow removal visit www.rockvillemd.gov/winterweather and click on "FAQs."

Rockville's recycling and refuse collection schedule could be affected by the snow. More information about recycling and refuse collection and Recreation and Parks Department programs will be available Wednesday at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather_closings.

Updates on Rockville's storm response, City programs and facilities and other information is available at www.rockvillemd.gov, on Rockville 11 and on the City's Facebook page. To receive updates on mobile devices or via email sign up for Alert Rockville at www.rockvillemd.gov/connections.

You can report a power outage by calling Pepco at 1-877-737-2662 or visit

To report a power outage, call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662 or visit www.pepco.com.

To report a tree blocking a roadway or driveway, call 240-314-8700. For a tree touching a power line, call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Be sure to stay clear of downed lines and trees touching power lines.

For emergency transport assistance, call the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027. To report non-emergency concerns to the Rockville City Police Department, call 240-314-8900.

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