Winter Weather Expected Friday Night into Saturday; Anti-icing Treatment Underway
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for a snowy weekend that could bring winter weather into much of the state Friday evening into Saturday. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulating snow, high winds and falling temperatures that could create hazardous conditions.
MDOT SHA is monitoring the forecast and making necessary pre-storm preparations, such as applying anti-icing brine to the roadways. Motorists are advised to avoid or delay travel during inclement weather. Most of the storm is expected to hit the Eastern Shore but it could move west at any time. The entire state must stay on alert.
For those who do have to travel, MDOT SHA offers the following guidelines:
- Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions.
- Use extra caution on elevated surfaces, such as bridges, overpasses and ramps. These areas freeze first.
- Don’t crowd the plow. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and MDOT SHA equipment.
- Clear snow from the entire vehicle as remaining snow on hoods and roofs can become ice and dislodge during highway travel and pose a hazard to other motorists.
During and after winter weather events, MDOT SHA crews work to clear and maintain the state’s numbered roadways, while local jurisdictions attend to community and residential streets.
The Statewide Transportation Operations Resource Map (STORM) identifies where MDOT SHA and contractual equipment is and where they have been. MDOT SHA also invites motorists to get the latest travel information including views of our live traffic cameras that enable smart travel decision by logging onto our homepage, roads.maryland.gov.