OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — Crews were out overnight making sure the roads were safe for the morning commute, but the main issue according to the State Highway Administration is flooding and hydroplaning.

Because of all the rain overnight and the light drizzle and the melting snow there are many clogged gutters.  Drivers are being warned to take it slow, but overall the Baltimore metropolitan area dodged a major storm.

Andrea Fujii reports with a forecast of ice, Maryland’s Office of Emergency Management was keeping close contact with the state’s 22 counties, plus Baltimore City. The crews were watching for accidents.

“People think that with a four-wheel drive they can maneuver through almost any situation. Well, the ice will still throw them into a ditch,” said Quentin Banks, MEMA.

Salt trucks sat on highways on standby just in case ice started to form.

“They’re predicting freezing rain, sleet, same kind of mix. We have to be out there ready to salt,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar, State Highway Administration.

With the forecast of ice, Baltimore City’s Office of Emergency Management has its own warning — icicles.  As the temperatures rise and fall, bigger and bigger icicles begin to form, causing the potential for great harm should they fall.

The drizzle that was once out has now turned into rain. The good thing is temperatures are warm enough that the rain will not freeze.

BGE was worried about big outages from downed trees, but right now only about 100 people are in the dark.


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