UNDATED- Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration have announced that snow emergency plans will go into effect at noon Friday in advance of the predicted severe storm expected Friday and Saturday.
The statewide snow emergency requires vehicles restricts traveling on all highways designated as snow emergency routes be equipped with chains, snow tires or all season radials. Additionally, special hauling permits for commercial vehicles are not valid during snow emergencies.
The snow emergency plan also allows Maryland State Police to call tow companies to remove abandoned vehicles in the road or on the shoulder and restricts all parking on designated snow emergency routes.
Officials said significant snowfall, high winds and treacherous driving conditions are expected from late Friday, all day Saturday and into Sunday. If forecasts materialize as expected and more than two feet of snow falls, cleanup will take several days and extend into early next week.
“Please avoid traveling during the storm to allow our crews the space needed to plow the roads,” said SHA Administrator Gregory Johnson. “Our goal is to keep one travel lane open and passable on major highways for emergency vehicles during the storm and focus on plowing all lanes once the snow stops.”
Commercial vehicle drivers have the option to wait out the storm at one of Maryland’s 17 designated safe haven ridesharing lots in order to avoid travel during hazardous conditions.
SHA maintains the numbered roads in Maryland’s 23 counties with the exception of toll roads (i.e. the ICC, I-95 north of Baltimore City, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Fort McHenry Tunnel etc.) Click here for information on county roads departments.