BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Maryland starting Monday night at 9 p.m.

As winter is refusing to disappear quietly, a late winter storm is expected to dump up to a foot in the northern part of the state. Governor Larry Hogan has warned Marylander to be careful.

Governor Larry Hogan has warned Marylanders to be careful.

“And take it seriously, when we say stay off the roads, you need stay off the roads so the crews can do their work. We’re going to have some significantly dangerous conditions out there,” he says.

Baltimore City crews and contractors are ready for the first significant snowfall of the season.

“You do not have to go out tomorrow, please stay indoors so we can get through the morning rush hour and get through the day to try to address the roadways,” says Adrienne Barnes, with Baltimore City Department of Transportation.

In Baltimore County, it’s all hands on deck. Nearly 500 pieces of snow removal equipment are ready to go once the snow starts to stick.

“Mother nature and old man winter they get together and look what happens,” says one area resident.

“I love the snow. When you can play in it, that’s when I like it.”

The State Highway Administration which will be tack willing major highways will have 2700 pieces of snow clearing equipment on the roads.

“Stay home if you can. As we get into rush hour tomorrow morning, that’s probably going to be our trickiest part. Fighting it overnight while everybody is asleep,” says Greg Slater, Director of Maryland State Highway Administration.

Snowplow are now combing through the area as snow is starting stick on the roadways.

The Governor’s Office says Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will continue coordinating with all state agencies throughout the duration of this storm.

“Our state is taking every precaution and coordinating all available resources to respond to this winter storm,” says Governor Hogan in a statement.

“We urge all Marylanders to use common sense and to stay indoors and off the roads. Now is the time to remain alert and regularly check for updated weather forecasts as conditions change.”

To go to MEMA’s website and for more preparedness information CLICK HERE.

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Ava-joye Burnett


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