Baltimore area responds to storm; braces for additional winter weather

BALTIMORE - Slick roads are likely to remain a factor for at least the next day or so as another wintry mix makes its way through the Baltimore area and freezing temperatures will linger throughout much of the week.

ABC2 News meteorologist Mike Masco is reporting that heavy snow - up to 6 inches in some areas - is expected to arrive during the morning commute on Tuesday, which will impact schools and travel plans during that time. According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday for Baltimore City, along with Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges and Washington counties.

The winter weather on Sunday led most schools, along with many businesses and government agencies in the area, to either close or delays opening . Also, BWI Thurgood Marshall airport reported some flight delays and cancelations.

State Highway Administration officials said having fewer motorists driving Monday allowed them to better treat and plow roads where necessary.

SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said crews were able to pretreat many roads Saturday in preparation of the storm, which minimized at least some of the dangers to motorists.

"The pretreating prevented a lot of the initial bonding that could have taken place," Boulware told ABC2 News.

While many roads appeared clear Monday morning, Boulware said it's important to realize that with freezing temperatures still lingering in the area, the potential for icy conditions remains and she urges motorists to drive cautiously.

"We don't want people to feel like they have a false sense of security…" Boulware said. "Take it easy out there and if you are able to delay your travel plans, please do so."

At the same time, BGE and other area utility companies have been hard at work trying to restore power to thousands of customers.

BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said it's important for customers to report power outages by calling 877-778-2222 or online at bge.com . Also, she is asking people to report any downed power lines, which could continue to be an issue due to ice weighing down lines and/or tree branches.

"We are asking for a heads up in reporting downed power lines," Lighty told ABC2 News. "We work closely with emergency responders to help make those areas safe."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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