Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Winter weather wreaked havoc on drivers across the state early Tuesday morning. Now we’re tracking another storm heading our way.
Meghan McCorkell has more on what drivers can expect.
Highway crews are working this holiday, tracking the winter weather moving our way.
Early morning ice sent cars spinning out along Northern Parkway. Ramps and bridges over the JFX shut down as road crews tried to get a handle on deteriorating conditions. Even the Harbor Tunnel was closed for treatment.
“I didn’t drive anywhere. I didn’t want to go anywhere,” said driver Matt Brennan.
Between 5:55 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., state highway officials responded to 28 crashes along many major highways. Baltimore City fire rushed the driver of one car to the hospital after he careened into a tree along 295 near Waterview Avenue. Two people died in a Christmas Eve crash on the DC Beltway in Montgomery County. The three-vehicle wreck started when one car hydroplaned on the slick pavement. The slick conditions made it nearly impossible to drive along Rt. 40 Monday night.
“I tried to back up into here. Couldn’t see. Backed it into this little wooden whatever the heck that is. Busted out the side of my back light there,” said driver Dana Harrison.
Now we’re gearing up for Round Two: another winter storm set to move in. Road crews across the region will be out in full force overnight, monitoring the changing conditions. The State Highway Administration warns drivers to be extremely careful.
“Be prepared to go a little slower to reach your destination. Give yourself plenty of time and plan ahead,” said Lora Rakowski, Maryland State Highway Administration.
“Hopefully I’ll get home early tonight so the roads won’t be dangerous,” said Gale Gibbs.
A good plan, as black ice could bring more slippery streets.
The State Highway Administration suggests calling 511 to check road conditions if you have to head out Wednesday morning.
Authorities also shut down parts of 95 near BWI Airport Tuesday morning after several cars spun out on the ice.