Latest winter storm brings more snow than expected to Baltimore area

BALTIMORE - The winter that won’t end continued Monday as up to 10 inches of snow fell in parts of Maryland.

Most major school systems were closed and many government agencies were delayed or offered liberal leave Monday thanks to a storm that over performed, according to ABC2 News meteorologist Mike Masco .

Among the areas hardest hit included Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County and other areas south of the city. Still, even communities such as Catonsville in Baltimore County reported more than 7 inches of snow.

Maryland State Highway officials said they had more than 2,500 crews on the road. They are warning motorists that the combination of low temperatures and wet snow increases the chance of slick roads, fallen trees, darkened signals and downed power lines. If you must drive, anticipate traveling much slower than posted speed limits and remain alert.

“This winter wants to challenge Maryland State Highway crews and it's not going out quietly this winter,” SHA spokesman Lora Rakowski said.

Baltimore Department of Transportation spokesman Adrienne Barnes said the city activated the storm center at 8 p.m. Sunday and used more than a thousand tons of salt to prepare for the storm.

She said the city was tackling the primary roads this morning, but warned of potential delays on secondary streets, which she believes could be a challenge.

In addition to issues with the roads, MARC trains will operate on a limited S schedule on the Penn, Camden and Brunswick Lines today. This means that only trains designated with an S at the top of the schedule column will operate.  To see a complete MARC Train schedule visit www.mta.maryland.gov .

Also Light Rail, Metro service and Mobility services are operating on schedule, although passengers are advised to monitor weather conditions and please allow extra time to travel. 

BGE spokeswoman Rachel Lighty said there were minimal outages reported this morning , although the utility company is prepared for whatever damage the storm may cause later.

“The biggest problem we see when we have snow like this is that we have hazardous road conditions and we can see car accidents that may affect the cars sliding into utility polls that may affect power,” Lighty said. “That's the biggest concern...

“Throughout  the year we plan  for events such as this and so, we not only invest in infrastructure but we invest in tree trimming to make sure we are keeping trees away from power lines and we have crews out and about in case we see outages from the weather."

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