BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The snow brings with it a lot of work.
Christie Ileto has more on the major effort underway to make Maryland roadways safe again.
Winter won’t loosen its grip. What started as rain quickly turned to snow, slamming Maryland with 6 to 10 inches in 12 hours.
“I’m not going to try it. I’m not going to take no chances on it,” said John Obloy.
A pond of snow and slush in the middle of an Essex street stopped Obloy in his tracks.
“The problem was all that rain we had,” he said.
Residents say the county was struggling to keep up with the snow.
“They’ve been by about three times today. And it still looks like this,” said Jim Tully.
Another winter tide left behind another trail of destruction: trailers jackknifed and cars spun out.
“All the cars out in the road, and it’s packing it down. It’s getting hard to clear it off,” said Dave Stallings.
The snow show is over, but the temperatures are falling. The problem now is slick, slippery roads, which mean black ice.
“It is going to be very cold and could easily freeze up on the roads–even with salt down,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar, Maryland State Highway Administration.
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation started with 2,500 tons of salt to tackle Thursday’s storm when 10,000 ton is preferred.
“A second shift that’s going to come in at midnight tonight to try to treat all the streets both in the neighborhoods and primaries,” said William Johnson, Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
City residents are doing their weekly dig out.
“Very light. So I got the snow up and the ice. I’m clearing a path to the street,” said Robin Rider.
They’re hoping Thursday was winter’s season finale.
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation has used 38,000 tons of salt this winter.