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Maryland Bracing for Winter Storm Beginning Late Monday

Maryland Bracing for Winter Storm Beginning Late Monday

Residents Should Be Aware of Potential Significant Snowfall

And Take Actions to Stay Safe

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 12, 2017) — Maryland agencies are gearing up for a late-season storm expected to bring significant snowfall to much of central, northern and western Maryland starting Monday night into Tuesday. Residents should make preparations now. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) advises all residents in and around these areas to follow weather forecasts as they are updated.

“Don’t let the recent mild weather fool you – it’s still winter and this storm is coming,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Marylanders should prepare for the storm and make plans to check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbors when the bad weather hits. Use common sense and don’t drive during the storm.”

MEMA has been monitoring forecasts for several days and coordinating with the National Weather Service, local emergency managers and partner agencies.  There is still some uncertainty about the exact timing and track of the storm, which is expected to affect the Atlantic coast from the middle-Atlantic states through New England. Maryland residents should continue to check updated information as it becomes available and prepare for this storm now.

”The mild weather over the last several weeks may have lulled us into complacency,” said Russell Strickland, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “Make sure your car is ready for winter travel, stock up on vital food and household supplies in case travel is difficult for several days, and make sure to keep devices charged so you can follow reliable weather forecasts and information from emergency officials.”

Motorists are urged to stay off the roads during the height of the storm so crews can more easily clear highways. Driving could be dangerous soon after the snow begins. Additionally, residents should take the following actions:

· Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.

· Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.

· If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.

· If it is safe to do so, consider clearing off roofs if significant snow has accumulated.

· Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. 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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