ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for more winter weather that could impact much of the state Sunday. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for much of Sunday, with a chance of a wintry mix in the evening. The snow, temperatures below freezing and high winds could make for hazardous driving conditions Sunday and Monday.
MDOT SHA will continue to monitor the forecast, and crews are making necessary pre-storm preparations, such as applying anti-icing brine to the roadways. Motorists are advised to avoid or delay travel during inclement weather, and workers are encouraged to consider teleworking if possible.
For those who do have to travel, MDOT SHA offers the following guidelines:
- Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions.
- Use extra caution on elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses and ramps, as these areas freeze first.
- Don’t crowd the plow. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and MDOT SHA equipment.
- Clear snow from your entire vehicle, as remaining snow on hoods and roofs can become ice and dislodge during highway travel, posing a hazard to other motorists.
Those who must travel are encouraged to prepare their vehicles in advance for winter weather by checking the tires for adequate tread and inflation, and ensuring vehicle lights are operational and that all fluids, particularly windshield wiper fluids, are at their recommended levels.
During and after winter weather events, MDOT SHA crews work to clear and maintain the state’s numbered roadways, while local jurisdictions attend to community and residential streets.
The Statewide Transportation Operations Resource Map (STORM) identifies where MDOT SHA and contractual equipment is and where they have been. MDOT SHA also invites motorists to get the latest travel information including views of our live traffic cameras that enable smart travel decision by logging onto our homepage at roads.maryland.gov.