NEWS RELEASE

MDOT SHA PREPARES FOR WINTER WEATHER THROUGHOUT THE REGION

Central Maryland May See Several Inches of Snow Tuesday Afternoon

(January 7, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is monitoring a storm system that will affect Maryland late-morning/early-afternoon Tuesday. Forecasters predict that snow will impact much of the state west and north of the Chesapeake Bay before quickly moving out of the area Tuesday evening. The highest snow accumulations will be in far Western Maryland where the storm may linger into Wednesday morning.

MDOT SHA storm managers will continue to track the storm and deploy equipment and treatment as conditions warrant. MDOT SHA will closely monitor pavement temperatures, which are expected to rise to the upper 30’s to low 40’s as the storm moves out late Tuesday night. However, motorists should be extra cautious through Wednesday morning’s rush hour as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing overnight, causing the potential for icy conditions.

For motorists, “Take It Slow on Ice and Snow,” and remember that speed limits are set for ideal (dry) conditions. Citizens are encouraged to view the Statewide Transportation Operations Resources Map (STORM) web application. They can track MDOT SHA winter operations in real-time with a 30-minute history. For access to MDOT SHA winter fact sheets and other valuable information, click here.

Motorists are urged to monitor the forecast as conditions can change throughout the day, and visit md511.maryland.gov for real-time travel alerts and conditions. Follow MDOT SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook.

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