SHA warns drivers of overnight road conditions

Maryland tied the record Monday for coldest March 3 on record and is poised to break the March 4 record that was set back on 1873 of 5 degrees.

Most major school systems either declared two hour delays or system-wide closings for Tuesday as the state settles into a deep freeze.

Maryland State Highway Administration crews deployed more than 2,700 truck to salt roads and monitor conditions from its Emergency Operations Center in Hanover.

“Motorists should use extreme caution as brief, heavy bands of snow can cause sudden, temporary whiteout conditions,” an administration spokesman noted in a release.”Tonight, as temperatures drop into the single digits, icy conditions are possible and extreme caution is advised.

“For information about conditions along your route, log on to CHART through roads.maryland.gov or consult www.MD511.org. Follow SHA on Twitter and Facebook for general information and breaking news.”

Anne Arundel County was among the hardest hit by snow Monday. Officials recorded 20 weather-related car accidents between midnight and 6 p.m. 

"If you must travel, remember the basics of safe driving during winter storm events," according to teh SHA release. "See and be seen – remember to clear off your entire vehicle and use headlights when wipers are engaged.  Take it slow in ice and snow, and anticipate doubling your traveling time.  Please give SHA crews room to safely do their jobs to keep Maryland roadways safe.  Additional driving tips can be found here."

 

 

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