BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Winter Storm Warning, issued for much of central Maryland late Monday into Tuesday, has expired.
A Winter Weather Advisory has also expired.
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The storm was a combination of two systems that meteorologists have been tracking for days, with one area of high pressure to the south of Maryland and another of low pressure coming from the west.
In what meteorologists are calling the “The Jackpot Zone,” which includes northern Frederick County, eastern Washington County, northern Carroll and Baltimore Counties and a bit of Harford County, more snow fell than in central Maryland.
Cities to the north like Philadelphia and New York will almost certainly see a lot more snowfall that Maryland has.
Still, Governor Larry Hogan has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Maryland , saying in a statement, “We urge all Marylanders to use common sense and to stay indoors and off the roads.”
WJZ has had team coverage of the storm all morning and so far this afternoon. Mike Hellgren was in Westminster, Rick Ritter w was in Bel Air, Devin Bartolotta was with the Mobile Weather Lab, Amy Yensi was in Towson and Ron Matz was in NW Baltimore.
Although the snow totals are less than originally expected, Mayor Catherine Pugh points out that the storm “is not over.”
“Outages have been very few but that’s why we’re exercising caution and liberal leave, because… when you talk about the temperatures dropping at the level that it’s going to drop, there’s slipperiness that’s going to be on the streets, especially on the sidewalks.”
Officials are advising those who do not need to travel today to stay home.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency offers the following tips for the public during the storm:
- Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
- Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
- If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
- If it is safe to do so, consider clearing off roofs if significant snow has accumulated.
- Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Click here for emergency phone numbers for utility companies.
Please stay tuned and watch WJZ First Warning Weather for the latest forecasts. For a list of school and office closures CLICK HERE.