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Winter storm impacts Maryland

Hazardous travel conditions exist throughout state

2/17/2015, 9:49 a.m.
Snow continues to blanket much of Maryland on Tuesday morning.
Make sure children are dressed in warm layers during periods of extreme cold

Snow continues to blanket much of Maryland on Tuesday morning. Significant accumulations have already been seen in central, southern, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and snow has started to taper off in this morning in some areas and is expected to end around the state by midday. Because of very low temperatures, roadways could remain hazardous for motorists throughout the morning. Residents should avoid travel if at all possible.

"By remaining off roadways, state highway and local crews will be able to more efficiently clear our roads,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

Maryland residents should continue to use caution when driving and walking on slippery surfaces. “Marylanders can help us help you by staying off the roads and staying informed as to the current weather,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Clay Stamp. “Find out the latest information by viewing local news and by checking MEMA’s website.”

MEMA continues to operate the State Emergency Operations Center in order to coordinate state response activities and provide necessary resources and information to local government agencies, and to help ensure residents’ safety.

In addition to staying off the roads, residents should take the following actions to help remain safe and prepared:

• 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.

• Dress in layers, taking care to keep your hands covered.

• Know who to contact in the case of a power outage.

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

MEMA: www.mema.maryland.gov

DHMH: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/winterrpts/SitePages/Home.aspx

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

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