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Chance for wintry precipitation for Super Bowl weekend

February 03, 2012

The Maryland State Highway Administration is planning for possible inclement weather Saturday, officials said Friday.

“There’s a reasonable chance for wintry precipitation Saturday night into Sunday,” SHA spokesman David Buck said. “Throw that into the mix with Super Bowl parties, and it is a recipe for problems.”

With the Super Bowl scheduled to kick off Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Buck said that there could be more drivers than usual imbibing Sunday night.

“People should never drink and drive, but the potential for somebody doing that is greater after something like the Super Bowl,” he said.

There is a chance of precipitation Saturday after 1 a.m., then a chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service’s website, at http://forecast.weather.gov.  Less than 0.1 of an inch of precipitation is expected, the weather service said.

On Sunday,  there is a  chance of rain and snow before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of rain, the weather service said. The high is expected to be near 38 degrees.

“Crashes can happen at any time, but police will have their hands full this weekend,” Buck said. “People at Super Bowl parties need to make sure they have a designated driver, which is something they should always do anyway.”

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— Caleb Calhoun

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