BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging residents to stay off the roads Thursday as snow arrives in the region.
Officials issued the following statement on Twitter Wednesday night:READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Up To 10 Inches Of Snow Possible For Parts Of State Thursday
“With snow & ice expected tomorrow, please adjust your travel plans to stay off the roads. If you must drive & your vehicle becomes disabled, do all that you can to drive completely off the highway. Don’t stand near/behind your vehicle or on the side of the road. It’s dangerous!”
With snow & ice expected tomorrow, please adjust your travel plans to stay off the roads. If you must drive & your vehicle becomes disabled, do all that you can to drive completely off the highway. Don't stand near/behind your vehicle or on the side of the road. It’s dangerous! pic.twitter.com/tItPdpcgvD
— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) February 18, 2021
Maryland State Highway Officials said they have more than 1,000 crews on standby throughout the state, and they’re keeping a close eye on salt supplies.
“Our crews have been ready and continue to be ready for whatever comes our way,” Sherry Christian, of the Maryland State Highway Administration, said.
“The conditions are going to be treacherous, so if any day or two days out of the year that you are going to telecommute, this would be it. Stay home,” she added.
.@mdsp troopers are reporting heavy snowfall in some areas, sleet and freezing rain in others, all of which is creating hazardous road conditions, despite the work of @MDSHA. Please avoid travel today. Road condition reports available @ https://t.co/2ZO0eKCuel.
— MD State Police (@MDSP) February 18, 2021READ MORE: TIMELINE: When Will It Snow In Maryland?
Gov. Larry Hogan also sent out a tweet reminding Marylanders to stay off the roads, but said if they must travel, give plow and salt trucks plenty of space to do their jobs.
In Baltimore City Wednesday, lines wrapped around the grocery store as people rushed out to stock up on food before staying in.
Snow has started to fall, and this creates concern for slippery road conditions. Keep in mind road conditions can and will change rapidly during the morning. We encourage all motorists to avoid travel if you can. Even the best drivers are no match for ice. pic.twitter.com/ebSxgrlEBA
— Baltimore City DOT (@BmoreCityDOT) February 18, 2021
“It was pretty busy,” Rohan Pathare, a Baltimore resident, said.
“There were a lot of people,” Noor Saloum, a Baltimore resident, said. “You can see the line is pretty long.”
But the snow won’t be a problem for some.
“I’m coming from outside the state, so I’m used to this kind of weather,” Taylor Putnam, a local student, said.