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Somerset County Prepares for Late Winter Snowstorm


PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (WBOC)- People in Somerset County are just getting used to seeing their grass peeking through the ice again. Now, they are getting ready for 2 to 4 inches of snow to fall overnight. 

Crews from the Maryland State Highway administration spent the morning pushing back snow from last week's storm, as well as doing repairs on trucks and filling them with salt.

Dan Porter, the resident maintenance technician at the SHA's Princess Anne shop, said 11 trucks are ready to go in time for Thursday's morning rush hour, and they have outside companies on stand-by if they need more.

"We've been making sure everything is topped off, fluids and filled up, and the guys are making sure they're ready for this next storm, which is routine during any storm," Porter said.

Porter said the SHA chose not to pre-treat the roads in Somerset County.

"We should be fine, we have our equipment ready to go," Porter said. "We'll just go out, we'll do some road patrols to see if the snow is coming down, if it's sticking to the roads, when it is best to start applying salt."

While crews stocked trucks with salt, people stocked up on groceries. Most of them weren't too thrilled about the idea of more snow.

"It's nice to look at, it's a devil to get around in," said Ernest Satchell, of Princess Anne. "I'm tired, so it doesn't affect me too much. If it snows, I'm staying home."

Lloyd Ndumu is a UMES student who was doing some shopping before the flakes started to fall.

"Excited about the snow? It's up and down, so. If I don't have school tomorrow, if I don't have class, I would just go to the library and read some books. I'm a very hardworking student," Ndumu said.

Malaki Greer of Oriole said he has never really been a winter person.

"I'm ready for summer, or at least spring. I'm over the winter," Greer said. "All the white stuff on the ground doesn't impress me at all."

While people may be dreaming of warmer weather, Porter said SHA crews are ready to tackle whatever mother nature has in store.

"We're just making sure our guys will be rested," Porter said. "We are preparing for the storm and we will be out there when the morning rush hour hits."

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