Maryland responds to second winter storm in three days

As the second winter storm in three days moves into the area, schools and governments have announced closings and delays. Visit our dedicated page for a full list of closings.

UPDATE (1:06 p.m.) -- Local leaders work to have roads cleared by the evening rush hour.

UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) -- BWI Marshall reports flights mostly on time Tuesday morning.

UPDATE (11:00 a.m.) -- BGE concerned icy conditions could lead to power outages later today.

UPDATE (10:22 a.m.) -- Baltimore County reports its snow operations are expected to be completed by noon.

UPDATE (9:15 a.m.) -- The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging motorists to stay off the road if possible or take extra care if you must travel as snow continues to fall Tuesday across the Baltimore region.

UPDATE (4:47 a.m.) -- The State Emergency Operations Center has moved to Level 2 operations in anticipation of today's snow event.

UPDATE (2:55 a.m.) -- Winter storm warning issued for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's counties and Baltimore City until 2 p.m. Meteorologist Lynette Charles says morning commuters should expect rapid snowfall at 1 to 2 inches per hour with fog.

UPDATE (12 a.m.) -- Local hardware stores are getting a boost from impending snowfall. Be honest. Were you one of the people stocking up on shovels and salt Monday?

UPDATE (11:10 p.m.) -- ABC2 chief meteorologist Wyatt Everhart has posted the latest predictions for tomorrow morning. Take a look at Maryland's Most Accurate Forecast .

UPDATE (10:15 p.m.) -- Timely advice from Valerie Burnett Edgar, a spokeswoman with the Maryland State Highway Administration:

"As always in the wintertime just assume anything that looks wet is icy," Edgar said.

She says the biggest challenge will be the timing. It will be tough to clear the roads if the storm hits while thousands of people are driving to work on them.

"If the forecast is correct then it could make a very messy rush hour so we definitely encourage everyone to set the alarms early, see what's going on and have a good plan for alternatives," she said.

UPDATE (9:56 p.m.) -- BGE Monday restored power to 22,000 customers affected by snow. Track restoration efforts here .

UPDATE (9:32 p.m.) -- There are 28 closings are delays planned for Tuesday morning. Get the full list here:

UPDATE (7:58 p.m.) -- Bulk trash collection in Baltimore City has been canceled for tomorrow. Details . Latest snow prediction according to National Weather Service shows 3 to 5 inches possible.

UPDATE (7:50 p.m.) -- Closures and delays have already started in anticipation for Tuesday's snowfall. Harford County announced a two-hour delay shortly before 8 p.m.

"With a chance of refreeze over the evening hours due to low temperatures throughout the area and a chance for more inclement weather to begin in the morning, HCPS will operate under a two-hour delay tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10, with no morning Pre-K or with preschool services," according to an official release.  "HCPS will re-evaluate the situation in the morning.  Parents are encouraged to consider making contingency plans should a closure occur."

ORIGINAL -- Preparation is underway across the Baltimore region in anticipation of the second winter storm in three days.

ABC2 News chief meteorologist Wyatt Everhart said he expects the heaviest snow to fall between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday as temperatures remain below freezing. The National Weather Service also has a winter weather advisory in effect for most of the state through 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Most schools in the area were either closed or delayed Monday with each system and private school examining whether to take similar action Tuesday.

The State Highway Administration said its crews are preparing for a storm that could hit during the morning rush hour.  SHA officials say if the storm does begin and heavy snow is falling during the morning rush hours, it is imperative travelers stay off the roads and allow its crews and contractors the space to plow and salt.

SHA officials added that it is crucial for motorists to have realistic expectations during the actual snow event. The goal officials said is to achieve bare pavement with the expected snowfall totals within four to six hours. 

In addition to plows and dump trucks, additional emergency traffic patrols will be on duty to assist disabled vehicles and manage roadway incidents.

Maryland State Police are among the additional agencies urging motorists to use caution if they have to travel during the pending snowstorm. 

Maryland State Police Superintendent Col.  Marcus L. Brown said abandoned and disabled vehicles cause a major problem for snow removal equipment and for troopers responding to emergency situations during a snowstorm.      

 If motorists find it necessary to travel, they are reminded of the highway restrictions should a snow emergency plan go into effect.  Once in effect, parking is prohibited

on any street or road designated as a snow emergency route and  all vehicles are required to have approved mud and snow tires or chains while operating during a declared snow emergency. 

Officials in Harford County said they are prepared for an additional surge in service calls. For example, from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services 911 Center dispatched 388 calls for service.

The wintry mix is also a concern for power companies, which dealt with around 20,000 outages statewide. This included about 11,000 among customers for BGE, with more than 4,000 in Baltimore County and 2,000 in Harford County.

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