Cumberland Times-News

December 28, 2012

State highway crews prep for another round of winter weather

Several inches of snow could fall on region

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Across the state on Friday, Maryland State Highway Administration crews began preparing for another round of winter weather this weekend as forecasters were predicting snow, with several inches of accumulation possible today in parts of the state.

In Montgomery, Prince George’s, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties, crews were pretreating state roads with salt brine, a liquid solution that functions as an anti-icer. Drivers have loaded their trucks with salt and filled their tanks with gasoline.

According to the National Weather Service, precipitation is expected to fall between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. for an area that includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, northern Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties.

“Even a couple of inches of snow can wreak havoc on driving conditions,” cautioned SHA Administrator Melinda Peters. “So if you’re planning to drive on Saturday, reconsider whether travel is necessary and stay off the roads until later in the day, if possible, to allow crews time to clear the roads. If you must travel, allow extra time, take it slow and remember: Never pass a snowplow or snowplow train. The safest place to be is behind the plows, which are clearing the roads ahead.”

If a vehicle does become disabled, make every effort to move it from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown warned all motorists, especially, tractor-trailers, buses and other large vehicles, to not travel if at all possible during a storm.