Highway Officials Tackle Snow, Sleet & Slick Roads

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)—Some messy weather in Maryland, and more may be on the way. Weekend drivers: beware.

It’s snow in some places west of the city. Closer to Baltimore, it’s sleet and freezing rain, making streets slushy and a little slippery.

Rick Ritter has the latest conditions.

What started out as flurries in most spots quickly to rain and sleet around the area.

Snow, sleet and slick roads. Mother Nature packed it all into a winter mess just in time for the weekend.

“Just the start of a long night,” said Tim Cockey.

In Baltimore, domes are loaded with tons and tons of salt as State Highway Administration braced for the worst.

“We seem to now be in the pattern of a storm every couple of days, which is very reminiscent to what we had last year,” said Melinda Peters, State Highway Administration.

Downtown, a slushy mix didn’t stop shoppers or evening ice skaters from enjoying the night.

In Carroll County, salt trucks were on standby Friday, waiting for that first drop of snow, which hit just after 6 p.m., putting a halt on weekend plans for many.

“Our weekend plans are just to stay in and watch it snow,” said Terri Kruse.

But not Tim Cockey. He makes a living off the winter mess.

“I’m one of eight trucks out with our company. We’re just going to be prepared and make sure nothing ices up,” he said.

Hannah Calligan faced the cold head on with no jacket or scarf.

“I’m braving the snow. I’m wearing flip-flops, too,” she said.

With temperatures expected to be right around freezing overnight, some are already counting down the days to spring.

“I’m done. I’m ready to go to Florida,” said Kruse.

There is concern with re-freezing overnight. Icy spots could pose a danger. Officials are urging people not to get complacent: drive slower if you’re heading out in the morning.

Stay tuned to WJZ for First Warning Weather updates or download our weather app for the latest.

More from Rick Ritter
Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE