Governor O’Malley Updates State On Winter Weather

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Martin O’Malley thanks crews for their hard work during this latest winter storm.

Linh Bui reports the briefing came from the state Emergency Operations Center in Reisterstown.

The governor and emergency management officials all say they’re just thankful Marylanders heeded their warnings and stayed inside during this massive storm.

A blanket of snow covers Maryland. People are digging out, shoveling driveways and sidewalks.

“I let the dog outside this morning and she got lost in the snow. So first we had to shovel the backyard,” one woman said.

They’re trying anything to get rid of the white stuff.

“Just trying to get the top layer off to make it a little lighter for my husband, but it’s not working too well,” a woman said. “The snow is pretty heavy.”

Outside the Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown, 18 inches of snow fell.

Several National Guard vehicles are standing by, but it’s been a fairly smooth day at MEMA. No major traffic problems or power outages have been reported.

Governor Martin O’Malley visited the emergency operations center. He thanked the 1,400 personnel out clearing the roads, and said if you’re inside, stay inside.

“We’re not out of the woods yet. The precipitation’s slowed, we’re expecting another band to swing through the area,” the governor said. “So what we have been marking on our map is the second punch will come through the area.”

Since the governor declared a state of emergency, the Maryland National Guard deployed 50 Humvees statewide to assist first responders.

“We may look for stranded motorists or somebody in distress,” said Lt. Col. Charles Kohler, Md. National Guard.

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So far, officials say we’ve weathered the storm well. Some Marylanders made the most of the snow.

“I love it. Get the day off, get to be with the family. It’s beautiful,” one man said.

Maryland State Police also deployed an additional 150 troopers to keep an eye on the roads.

Meantime, at MEMA, emergency management workers will be staying there into the weekend, keeping an eye on the latest conditions.

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