SHA prepared for weather in western area of state

Maryland's State Highway Administration says a snow emergency plan was in effect in Allegany County Saturday morning as light snowfall hit the area in western Maryland, as far east as Hagerstown.

Officials with the SHA say crews are "fully prepared" throughout the state to salt and plow as needed.

In a release issued Saturday morning, the SHA urged drivers to have "realistic expectations during the actual snow event: crews cannot keep the travel lanes bare while snow is falling at a moderate to heavy rate.  For a three to six inch snowfall, SHA's goal is have most major roadway travel lanes down to bare pavement within four to six hours after the precipitation stops."

SHA reminds drivers that ramps, bridges and overpasses are three to five degrees colder than non-elevated surfaces and freeze first, so drivers should remain on guard at all times.

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