Although the predicted morning precipitation did not occur in the region this morning as expected, the slow moving snow is now expected to reach central Maryland around noon. Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are continuing storm response activities: trucks are filled salt and crews are ready to begin operations when necessary.
Allegany and Garrett counties activated snow emergency plans and snow is now beginning to fall in Frederick and Carroll counties– signs that this moderate storm is making its way across the State. Travelers are reminded that a mix of traffic and wintry precipitation will extend drive times this afternoon and into late this evening.
“No matter the strength of the storm, we expect that any precipitation will affect this afternoon’s commute,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Our crews, along with emergency responders, will be patrolling, salting and plowing roads. We ask drivers to make the choice to delay travel if at all possible. We’re doing our best to keep the roads clear and safe and we need drivers to give us the time and the room to get that work done.”
SHA has nearly 2,400 trucks available statewide at its 28 maintenance shops and continues to monitor weather from its Statewide Operations Center (SOC) near the Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport in Anne Arundel County. More than 400 cameras give a statewide view of road and traffic conditions, allowing emergency responders to send trucks and safety personnel where needed.
When you drive, always practice the rules of the road:
- Wear your seatbelt – buckle up for your safety!
- Use the vehicle’s wipers.
- Clear snow from your vehicle’s headlights, roof and from other places that may obstruct vision or become a danger to other motorists.
- Ensure that your vehicle is in proper working condition. Check the battery, tire tread and pressure, belts, hoses and fluid levels.
- Travel with plenty of gas in the tank.
- Remain alert for utility crews and emergency responders.
- Treat signalized intersections without power as a four-way stop.
- Yield to pedestrians and cyclists who may travel along the roadsides.
SHA encourages travelers to take time and plan out their travel plans now by visiting www.md511.org to view weather-related lane closures and traffic information. Travelers may also visit MDSHA on Twitter and Facebook.