Winter Storm Warnings Expanded for Most of Maryland
MEMA Increases State Activation Level to Coordinate State Agencies
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 12, 2019) — The first significant statewide winter weather event of 2019 will be affecting Maryland later today through Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, here is what we can expect:
- Snow is expected tonight through Sunday night.
- Significant accumulations are expected statewide.
- Wind Gusts: 20-25 mph Eastern Shore on Sunday (less than 20 mph elsewhere).
- Temperatures will be near freezing except in the mid-30s in Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore during the afternoon & the 20s at night.
The National Weather Service has extended Winter Storm Warnings, which are currently in place for most of the state. Counties under a Winter Storm Warning include Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico. Baltimore City is also under a Winter Storm Warning. Counties under a Winter Weather Advisory include Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Worcester.
“The incoming winter storm will bring accumulating snow to our entire state,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I have directed all state agencies to work together to prepare for this storm and keep our citizens safe and informed. Now we ask all Marylanders to remain vigilant, use common sense, stay off the roads, and heed all official warnings.”
The amount of accumulating snow forecasted has increased since yesterday in several parts of the state, particularly southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Areas like La Plata may see 8-12 inches of snow, while Salisbury could see 6-8 inches before the system moves out of the region.
“The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) advises all residents to follow weather forecasts as they are updated and pay attention to state and local emergency management and transportation officials,” said Russ Strickland, MEMA’s Executive Director. “Above all, please put safety first and communicate with your neighbors, family, and friends.”
MEMA continues to closely monitor the storm and continues coordinating efforts with local emergency management officials and state agencies.
MEMA advises Maryland residents to take the following actions:
- Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
- Never run generators indoors, in closed areas, or near vents.
- Check on your elderly neighbors during and after the storm.
- If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction, blankets, extra winter clothes including hats and gloves, snacks, and water in case you become stranded.
- Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
- Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
- Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here.
Traffic, weather, and power outage alerts, as well as winter preparedness information, can be accessed on MEMA’s website. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook for updated information.