Wintry Mix Predicted for Wednesday Morning Commute
For the second time this week, winter weather threatens road travel during the morning hours. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is again urging motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts later today and tonight as meteorologists call for the possibility of snow and freezing rain during Wednesday morning’s commute. If you can’t delay your travel, officials say it is important to remember to take it slow on ice and snow.
“While roads were generally in good condition earlier this week, a difference of only one or two degrees is the difference between wet roads and hazardous icy roads,” said SHA Administrator Melinda Peters. “Please take these forecasts and warnings seriously and consider delaying or cancelling your travel and appointments while we take care of making the roads safe for travel.”
In preparation for the predicted weather, SHA crews are pre-treating major roads and interstates with salt brine as an initial measure to prevent snow accumulation. As pavement temperatures throughout much of Maryland are expected to be well below freezing overnight, precipitation is likely to freeze on untreated road surfaces making any travel dangerous.
SHA officials are encouraging the use of public transportation on Wednesday, Jan. 14 but urge caution while walking to and from transit stations as slippery conditions are expected.
Travelers may obtain the latest free traffic and weather information by calling 5-1-1 from a landline or a hands-free mobile device or logging onto www.MD511.org.