BALTIMORE (WJZ) — State and municipal officials around the state are preparing for a winter snowstorm expected to begin Sunday and last into Monday in the Baltimore region.
Precipitation is expected to start as snow around 3 or 4 p.m. Sunday with possible snowfall rates of 1 inch to 2 inches an hour.READ MORE: President Biden Tells Naval Academy Grads Putin 'NATO-ized Europe'
Flooding could be possible in low-lying areas like Fells Point and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
Residents are asked to park their cars in one of the following garages starting at 2 p.m.:
- The Fleet and Eden Street Garage at 501 S. Eden Street
- Caroline Street at 805 S. Caroline Street
Spaces will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vehicles must be removed by 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Residents should call 311 to report downed trees and dangerous conditions. Power outages should be reported to BGE at 877-778-2222.
The Baltimore City Snow Team has been readying snow removal equipment and pretreating roads and gateways in and out of the city with a salt brine since Thursday.
Residents are asked to stay off the roads, as conditions could change rapidly. Ice could cause roads to become slick, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
Motorists who must be on the roads are asked not to “crowd the plow” by staying behind snow removal vehicles so they have plenty of space to operate.
The Maryland State Highway Administration maintains most interstate, U.S. and numbered state roads, but advises residents to consult its Know Your Roads site to determine which agency maintains a particular road.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Tornado Warning For Harford County
The SHA’s budget for this winter is $76 million. At the start of this winter, it had 350,000 tons of rock salt at 93 facilities and 1.7 million gallons of salt brine at 77 sites.
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services has extended its winter shelter for the homeless through Monday. Anyone who needs or knows someone who needs shelter can call 443-984-9540 or visit its website.
Winter Shelter has been extended through 11am Monday, 1/17. If you or someone you know needs shelter, please call 443-984-9540 or visit https://t.co/gNoXQAw3h8. #mybmore #wintershelter pic.twitter.com/RbsSD6pf31
— Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (@BaltimoreMOHS) January 12, 2022
If you encounter an emergency, keep distance from other motorists, pull over and call authorities for help.
The WJZ First Alert Weather team is committed to keeping you informed and keeping you and your family safe as a winter storm approaches Maryland.
Then, First Alert meteorologist Meg McNamara will have exclusive hourly updates starting at 10am on CBSN Baltimore. At 4 p.m., Bob Turk will have hourly First Alert updates on CBS-N Baltimore. Then make sure to tune in to WJZ news at 11 p.m. for extensive First Alert coverage of this winter weather and the impact on you and your family.
WJZ has an exclusive CBSN broadcast at 6 p.m. with a team of reporters tracking the storm along with your First Alert weather team.MORE NEWS: Tank Vs Talk: Baltimore's Gervonta Davis Aims To Quiet Challenger Romero
WJZ will be working to keep you and your loved ones safe during this weather event. WJZ First Alert meteorologists will have the most up-to-date information on predicted snow totals and when the snow will be arriving during the following shows:
- at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday
- between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday
- anytime on CBS-N Baltimore or wjz.com.