ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan today provided an update on the state’s preparations for a winter storm tonight and tomorrow. A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the state, except for Garrett County and part of Allegany County, which are under a winter storm warning.
“As we did earlier this week, we have mobilized our statewide operations center in preparation for this storm, which could have a significant impact on tomorrow morning’s commute,” said Governor Hogan. “We ask Marylanders to avoid travel tonight and tomorrow morning if possible, especially with the possibility of wind gusts that could take down trees and wires. Keeping the roads free of heavy traffic gives the crews and first responders room to do their jobs.”
According to the National Weather Service, Western Maryland has begun to see some snowfall this afternoon, and most of Maryland will see the impact later this evening, with the least amount of accumulation on the Lower Shore. This is expected to be a quick-moving storm with snow of approximately 1” per hour for approximately three to five hours, with the primary impact coming overnight. Between residual salt from earlier in the week, and brining operations over the last 24 hours, roadways are pre-treated in preparation for this storm.
Mobilization of State Agencies:
Multiple state agencies, including the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM), Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland State Police, are making preparations and coordinating with local jurisdictions.
State Highway Administration (SHA) facilities are fully staffed, heavy duty tows will be staged in all regions by 7:00 pm., and tree contractors will be staged as well. SHA activity can be tracked here. All Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) facilities will stay fully staffed for the duration of the event and adjust resources as necessary.
At this time, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) anticipates minimal impacts to service. Bus diversions will be implemented on an as-needed basis throughout tonight and into the morning.
At BWI Marshall Airport, winter weather crews are on alert and prepared to respond. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours prior to the scheduled departure time and check flight schedules prior to leaving home.
Visit md511.org for traffic incident updates, text ‘MdReady’—or ‘MdListo’ for Spanish texts—to 211MD1 to receive emergency alerts, and visit mdem.maryland.gov for information on storm preparedness and disaster supply kits.