Residents Should Be Aware and Take Appropriate Actions to Stay Safe
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 19, 2018) — A series of winter storms is expected to bring frozen precipitation to parts of Maryland, starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday. Timing, temperature and the exact track of each of the systems is still somewhat uncertain, but residents should prepare now for possible travel delays. The most likely snow accumulations in northern and central Maryland are expected to occur overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, possibly affecting rush hour traffic.
“This winter storm is extremely unpredictable, so preparedness is key,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Over the next few days, I urge Marylanders to closely follow current weather forecasts, use common sense, and avoid travel if possible during any dangerous conditions.”
Said Russell Strickland, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA): “Don’t underestimate this storm because Tuesday is the first day of spring. We are looking at several days of precipitation with temperatures close to freezing. Travel by car or foot could be dangerous.”
MEMA is coordinating conference calls with the four National Weather Service Offices that serve the state, along with key state agencies and local emergency managers. The agency stands ready to mobilize resources in support of local agencies as needed.
Because there is still uncertainty about effects of these systems, residents should follow trusted weather sources and be prepared to adjust travel contact information.as needed. Residents in different areas of Maryland may face different effects from this weather system.
Additionally, Maryland residents should consider taking the following actions:
- Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
- Check on family, neighbors and friends, especially those who might have difficulty dealing with the effects of the weather.
- Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
- If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
- Never run generators indoors or in closed areas.
- Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found at http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.asp
Traffic, weather and power outage alerts, as well as winter preparedness information, can be accessed on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s website at mema.maryland.gov.
You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA for updated information.