SHA Crews Respond to Wintry Weather
The State Highway Administration has activated its Emergency Operations Center this afternoon and is deploying crews to salt and plow roads as rain has turned to snow and sleet. Heavy snow is falling in the northern and western portions of the State, and drivers should avoid traveling at this time. Combined with high winds, intense bands of precipitation is reducing visibility as well. SHA will continue monitoring conditions through the evening and night in efforts to prevent refreeze.
As temperatures continue to drop, wet pavements can become slick and icy so caution is advised for travelers. Drivers are reminded to keep speeds down and be alert to changing conditions. Remember that ramps, bridges and overpasses freeze first as they can be three-five degrees colder than regular road surfaces. Be alert for SHA trucks applying salt and plowing roads; these vehicles travel slower than regular traffic.
There are important tips to keep in mind if you must travel. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and be prepared to travel below posted speed limits. Focus on the task of driving. See and be seen by clearing off your vehicle before setting out. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should also be on – that’s Maryland law. Remain alert and always buckle up.
SHA invites customers to follow the social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Check traffic on live traffic cameras on CHART and check MD511 for travel information along your route.