PIKESVILLE; 4:14 p.m. ET – Maryland State Police, along with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, State Highway Administration and other local agencies, are urging motorists to use caution if they have to travel during the pending snow storm.
Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police has directed barrack commanders across the state to be prepared to survey road conditions in their areas and deploy personnel as needed. Colonel Brown also urges motorists to be cautious when traveling due to the possible hazardous conditions that may arise from the pending snow event.
During snow storms, abandoned and disabled vehicles cause a major problem for snow removal equipment and for troopers responding to emergency situations. Troopers encourage those who do not need to travel during the storm to stay off the roads.
If motorists find it necessary to travel during this event, they are reminded of the highway restrictions should a snow emergency plan go into effect. Once in effect, parking is prohibited on any street or road designated as a snow emergency route. All vehicles are required to have approved mud and snow tires or chains while operating during a declared snow emergency. All abandoned or unattended vehicles will be towed from major roadways.
In the event of power failure, traffic lights may not function properly. In that case, the law requires all drivers approaching an intersection with a non functioning traffic light to stop. Drivers may proceed only after they have yielded to any vehicles or pedestrians already in the intersection. They must remain stopped until the intersection is clear and safe to proceed.
For the latest statewide emergency information, Maryland residents are urged to visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us. Up to the minute statewide traffic information, including road closures due to snow or ice is available on-line at www.511md.org, or by calling 511. Road conditions and views of live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at www.roads.maryland.gov.
Residents are being urged not call Maryland State Police simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 911 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only.
Maryland State Police will be working closely with State Highway Administration and Maryland Emergency Management Agency officials throughout the storm.
Marylanders are urged not to travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary.