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Heavy Snow, Sleet, and Windy Weather to Continue to Affect Maryland Tuesday and Wednesday

Heavy Snow, Sleet, and Windy Weather to Continue to Affect Maryland
Tuesday and Wednesday

Residents Should Prepare Now and Avoid Traveling during Storm

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 20, 2018) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is monitoring a late-season storm and coordinating state agencies in anticipation of heavy wet snow, wind gusts, and frozen precipitation which will continue to impact Maryland through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snowfall to intensify tonight, affecting the morning commute and travel conditions tomorrow. Minor tidal flooding is also possible with this system. Most of Maryland has been placed under a Winter Storm Advisory or Warning on Tuesday.

“Snow, sleet, and freezing rain falling this evening and overnight could make road conditions treacherous throughout the state. I strongly urge all Marylanders to use common sense, take extreme caution, and avoid travel if possible,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Keep a close eye on your local weather forecast, and check on family, friends, and neighbors and make sure they are safe throughout this late-season storm.”

MEMA continues to coordinate weather calls and monitor this system with the National Weather Service, state, and local partners. Roads might be slick and traveling during in this weather will be hazardous; avoid traveling if possible.

“Residents should prepare now because roads are becoming slick. Travel overnight and through tomorrow could be significantly impacted,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “If you need to travel, be sure to take your time and let family know your destination and expected arrival time.”

Residents should consider taking the following actions:
• Let friends and family know when you are traveling. Tell them your route and expected arrival time. Contact them once you make it to your destination.
• Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
• Avoid or delay travel during the storm. If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction.
• Never run generators indoors or in closed areas.
• Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
• Heavy snow and gusty winds can cause power outages. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx

Traffic, weather and power outage alerts, as well as winter preparedness information, can be accessed on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s website at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA for updated information.


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