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By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many counties in Maryland are under snow emergency plans and highway crews are focusing on cleaning up the roads after winter weather hit Maryland hard and fast.

Alex DeMetrick has more.

Road crews started loading up on salt at 5 a.m. Sunday.

“Probably just salting. I don’t think they’re calling for a lot of accumulation,” said driver Rodney Glace.

But it didn’t work out that way in Carroll County. Hours before Baltimore saw a flake, snow came fast and heavy. With road surfaces below freezing, snow build-up outpaced snow plows.

Early on, it made conditions perfect for spinouts and stranded cars and it got worse as the day wore on. Even stretches that had been treated looked like they’d never been touched.

“I slid all the way through an intersection at 94 and 140. I was pumping the brakes. I had ABS on my car; I was not stopping,” said Dan Tucker.

If it was dicey on the main roads, side roads disappeared as the snow piled on.

It took four-wheel drives and patience to get out of neighborhoods. And as Sunday moved toward evening, the main routes choked up.

“Route 30 was non-stop so I turned around on Route 30 and came back around on Route 140 and it was pretty bad,” said Lisa Krieger.

And it stayed bad for hours to come.

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