BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Crews are out preparing for another multi-day snowstorm expected to arrive in Maryland Wednesday night.
Baltimore City’s Department of Transportation is working on pre-treating roads ahead of the potential of icy road conditions for the Thursday morning commute.READ MORE: BWI To Extend Rent Relief For Food, Retail Stores Inside Airport
“With snow and icy conditions expected throughout the night, our crews will be working around the clock so that city streets are ready for the Thursday morning commute,” Mayor Brandon Scott said. “I encourage all residents to take this storm seriously by staying home if at all possible, and taking all necessary precautions if you absolutely must travel.”
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The city’s snow crews will be working through the night to ensure roads are safe.
“With back-to-back snowstorms over the last several weeks, our snow team has been working hard for the residents of Baltimore City to make our roadways safe for travel,” Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey said. “With nearly 300 pieces of equipment, a full complement of contractor forces and a replenished supply of salt, the city is fully prepared for the winter weather that is expected over the next few days.”
“I think most of the pre-treatment will occur on bridges, highways such as I-83,” German Vigil, Baltimore City Department of Transportation Communications Director, said. We’re also going to treat hills where we’ve received numerous 3-1-1 complaints.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation said it has access to more than 2,000 snow removal vehicles and will keep an eye on the interstate highways.READ MORE: CVS Announces 570K Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Across 17 States, Including Maryland
“It’s easy to get overconfident and see a period where it’s not snowing or freezing rain and thinking you could go out at the regular speed limit and be okay, but we are advising motorists to stay off the roads if they can in bad weather,” Shawntee Felix, of the Maryland Department of Transportation, told WJZ.
Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and motorists are being asked not to travel during the storm so that crews can clear the roads.
If you must travel, take these precautions:
- Completely clear snow from your vehicle before driving. Snow on your vehicle can fall off while driving and create hazardous conditions for other motorists.
- Reduce speeds while driving in winter weather and allow extra stopping distance for safety. Remember that posted speed limits are based on ideal weather conditions and not recommended for snow.
- Remember not to “crowd the plow” by staying behind working snow vehicles and allowing them plenty of space to operate.
- Be aware that conditions can change rapidly, and winter precipitation can cause roadways to become slick, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
As for COVID-19 testing sites will make every attempt to remain open, but may need to close should weather conditions get bad.
For status updates please visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/testing or follow the Baltimore City Health Department’s social media accounts for updates before coming to a testing site.
The city also is keeping winter shelters open until 9 a.m. Sunday. Residents in need of shelter should call 443-984-9540 or dial 211.MORE NEWS: Queso Fresco By El Abuelito Cheese Linked To Listeria Outbreak, CDC Says