Snow, rain, ice leads to traffic delays, school closings

BALTIMORE - Maryland State Highway officials warn motorists to be careful when driving home Monday night as the state deals with everything from snow to ice to rain.

SHA said emergency response crews are working statewide plowing and applying salt as needed across Maryland, as conditions vary across the state, including in western Maryland where more than 7.5 inches of snow has been reported.

There was also snow reported in Carroll and Harford counties, along with northern Baltimore County, which led to school delays and cancellations.

Also, SHA officials are continuing to battle potholes that are forming due to the freeze/thaw cycle and significant precipitation.

In addition, SHA is offering some of the following tips to ensure motorists are as safe as possible:

  • Beware of traffic signals that are off due to power outages. State law requires all traffic to stop and treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • Ramps, bridges and overpasses are three to five degrees colder than non-elevated surfaces and will freeze first, so drivers should remain on guard at all times.
  • Clean off your vehicle for your safety and visibility
  • Keep wipers and lights on; it's the law
  • Use caution when merging at ramps and intersections, especially in areas with a history of flooding; do not to drive through standing water.
  • If your vehicle does become disabled, make every effort to move safely from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.
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