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State Agencies in Md. Prepare for Winter Storm

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REISTERSTOWN, Md.- Maryland state agencies have been preparing for the two-part winter storm that will be impacting the state, and Gov. Larry Hogan is urging residents to continue their preparedness. Light precipitation began falling across parts of the state late Sunday, and a coastal storm late Monday is expected to bring some additional accumulations, especially in the northeastern portions of the state.

"This is a complex series of storms, and there is still some uncertainty," said Governor Hogan. "I urge everyone to use good judgment and stay off the roads if at all possible to allow highway crews to get the roads clear. I'd also ask that people check on relatives, friends and neighbors - especially the elderly or other vulnerable residents.  Helping your neighbors also helps our first responders."

The State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Administration crews began pre-treating roads in advance of the storm and numerous other state agencies have been monitoring conditions. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says it has brought in extra staff to monitor conditions, the Maryland Public Service Commission is monitoring the status of power outages, the Maryland Department of Human Resources is prepared to help staff shelters if they are needed.

Winter weather is expected at affect rush hour traffic again Monday evening and possibly Tuesday morning. The SHA says residents also should prepare for forecasted below normal temperatures for the next week to 10 days.

In addition to staying off the roads when snow is falling, residents should take the following actions:

- Keep devices charged so you will have a way follow weather forecasts and local emergency information.

- Be cautious shoveling snow to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.

- If you must travel, make sure to have a car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic.

- Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival times.

- Make sure pets are not kept outside without shelter in cold and snowy weather and be aware that salt and other ice melting materials may hurt animal's paws.

- With colder weather ahead, keep an eye out for possible freezing pipes in colder areas of your home.

For more information about winter weather preparedness, visit the following websites:

 - MEMA: www.mema.maryland.gov

- FEMA: www.ready.gov and click on the Winter Storms link

- Centers for Disease Control: emergency.cdc.gov/disasters and click on Winter Weather

- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster and click on Winter Storm.
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