BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The cold has been just as tough to take as the repeated snowfalls. Even though it wasn’t a ton of snow Wednesday morning, commuters certainly felt the impact.
Derek Valcourt has more.
The quick blast of snow caused several accidents in Montgomery County, including a toppled car in front of a post office and more than a few fender benders.
“They should have iced up here. I would have thought they would have on such a main thoroughfare,” said one driver.
Those conditions led to complaints about area schools not being canceled or delayed.
“But this is mild. I don’t see a reason why schools shouldn’t be open on a day like today,” said one.
So far, Baltimore City has spent nearly double the amount they had budgeted for snow removal. As a result, they’re extending contracts with independent companies to the tune of more than $3 million to help keep city side streets clear.
“And the independent contractors actually bring the smaller trucks to our forces and they allow us to get down these smaller side streets and they really help us do snow removal,” said Kathy Chopper, City Transportation Department.
Near the state line in northern Baltimore County, many are tired of feeling buried in the winter doldrums, looking forward to spring and saying farewell to the snowiest season they’ve seen in years.
“I don’t think we’ve had weather as cold as this for a very long time,” said Lawrence Malone.
State Highway crews say they were prepared for Wednesday morning’s snow but because schools and most employers did not delay or shut down, their trucks were out stuck in the slow-moving traffic like everyone else and that made treating some of the slick roads a little tougher.
Baltimore City isn’t the only jurisdiction that blew through its snow removal budget. The State Highway department and almost all of the counties in our area say they spent way more this year clearing out roads than they had planned.
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