Traffic, Weather

Maryland State Highway Administration deploys 2,700 pieces of equipment to handle nor’easter

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will remain in emergency operations mode as crews continue to respond to winter weather that has blanketed the state with snowfall and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service expects freezing rain, snow, and high winds to impact most of the state. Snow, switching over to ice and rain, is expected Sunday night and into Monday. There may be a lull for a period of time, but snow is expected to return Monday evening.

MDOT SHA has already deployed 2,700 pieces of equipment and 1,200 personnel to the storm, which began with this morning’s snowfall. Crews will continue to enhance patrols along state-maintained roadways by applying materials and plowing.

This will be a multiple-day storm. Residents should be prepared for a long-duration with wintry mix through Tuesday.

Motorists who must travel should follow the following guidelines:

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  • Don’t crowd the plow. Please give snow plows a wide berth on all sides.
  • Clear your car completely before driving. Snow can fall off your moving vehicle and create a hazard for other drivers.
  • Go slow on ice and snow. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions, so drive about 10 mph slower than usual.
  • Elevated road surfaces such as bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze first — Remain extra vigilant.

Real-time weather and traffic information is available at https://md511.maryland.gov.

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