BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland highway officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads as heavy bands of snow move across the state.
State Highway Administration spokeswoman Lora Rakowski says the snow has been heavier than what was forecast and was falling at a rate of an inch an hour in parts of Maryland at midday. She says accumulation of 5 inches has been reported in Carroll County, northwest of Baltimore.
Rakowski says there have been numerous accidents, including crashes that closed both eastbound and westbound Interstate 68 in western Maryland.
She says there has been some accumulation observed on interstate highways. Plows and salt trucks are out, but she says the snow is falling too fast for crews to keep up and conditions are deteriorating.
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