Next Winter Weather Storm Arriving in Maryland Later Today
Tuesday Morning Commute Could be Slippery, Slow, and Dangerous
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (February 8, 2016) — Another round of snow is headed toward Maryland today. Forecasters are expecting precipitation to begin in western Maryland Monday afternoon and then head east throughout the evening. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting approximately a half foot of snow in central and northern Maryland. Western Maryland is more likely to receive additional snow totaling more than six inches while southern Maryland and the eastern shore will likely get less. Even with some uncertainty in the forecast, it is increasingly likely that Tuesday morning’s commute could be slippery, slow, and dangerous.
“With another snow system on its way to Maryland, it’s important for our citizens to remember that any amount of snow or ice on the roads can make conditions dangerous,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our agencies are busy preparing for any amount of snow that we might experience – state highway crews are pre-treating roads and will be fully ready to clear them if accumulation builds throughout the night. We are encouraging motorists to remain cautious and to use common sense if they need to travel.”
According to the National Weather Service, the location of the rain-snow line is unclear. This will dictate which areas of Maryland receive snow, rain, or a wintry mix.
“Though there is some uncertainty in the current forecast, it is important that Marylanders be aware of the incoming winter storm, follow local weather forecast offices and news, and communicate with their friends and families before, during, and after winter storms,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russell Strickland.
In addition, residents should consider taking the following actions prior to any winter storm:
- Keep communications devices charged so that you will have a way follow weather forecasts and local emergency information.
- Avoid traveling during snowstorms. If you must travel, make sure to have a car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic.
- Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival times.
- Make sure pets are not kept outside without shelter in cold and snowy weather and be aware that salt and other ice melting materials may hurt animal’s paws.
- Know who to contact in the case of a power outage.
Residents can find additional winter preparedness information on MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov. The Agency will also be posting updated information on social media. You can follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.