BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The first snow of the season has fallen across Maryland, with some areas seeing to see up to eight inches.
The National Weather Service said most of the state was under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. Saturday.
WJZ Meteorologist Bob Turk said with temperatures near freezing, much of the snow didn’t accumulate on roadways, however, thoroughfares may become slick and slippery overnight.
Central Maryland saw up to three inches of precipitation. The Eastern Shore saw up to eight inches.
“Roads and bridges are gonna freeze up good, so I think it’ll be a good night to stay home,” Eastern Shore resident Richard Wilson.
“It’s pretty awesome and I never thought this much snow would come down, and it’s amazing,” one kid said.
Crews across Maryland worked well into Friday night preparing for the winter weather by pre-treating roads, and several school systems cancelled Saturday activities.
Officials noted they have more than 700 snow plow operators at their disposal, hundreds of dump trucks, and more than 2,000 contractors ready to go.
In Baltimore, nearly 18,000 tons of salt was deployed by crews.
“We prepare back in July,” said Baltimore Department of Transportation spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes. “So we’re prepared. We’re ready. This is what we do.”
Officials, as always, are concerned about freezing overpasses and bridges.
Much of the same concerns are over in Baltimore County where crews are set up at 11 locations throughout the county.
Patience is being stressed, especially if you have to be out on the roads. Distance is a must, especially when it comes to snow plows, and of course, some common sense.
“If you think something’s wet, it could be icy. Even if we’ve been out salting, you just need to be extra cautious and slow down. drive for conditions,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar of the Maryland State Highway Administration.
MDOT wants to remind drivers to keep their headlights on when it’s snowing.
Drivers can also check Maryland 511 to view traffic cameras and maps before leaving the house.