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Roads crews get ready for a snowy Saturday

2 to 4 inches of fresh snow expected in Washington County

December 28, 2012

Maryland State Highway Administration crews on Friday were preparing for another round of winter weather this weekend.

Forecasters were calling for snow to begin early Saturday, with several inches of accumulation possible in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Saturday from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Washington County in Maryland and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia.

The weather service says snow in the Washington County area will fall mainly before 4 p.m. Saturday, with a new accumulation of from 2 to 4 inches possible.

“Fortunately, in many areas of the state, we are ahead of the game because there is still salt on the roads from our applications earlier in the week,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said. “We will supplement where necessary, and our plow operators will be standing by ready to begin clearing as soon as the storm starts tonight.”

In Montgomery, Prince George’s, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties, crews were pre-treating state roads Friday with salt brine, a liquid solution that functions as an anti-icer.

A fast-moving low-pressure system is expected to bring light rain and some wet snow in the east and snow in the west beginning early Saturday, the SHA said. The precipitation is expected to taper off west to east during the late morning and afternoon hours. An inch or so of snow is possible in the northeast along the Pennsylvania border and along the I-95 corridor.

The SHA suggests that those planning to drive on Saturday, reconsider and, if possible, stay off the roads until later in the day to allow crews time to clear the roads.

The SHA advises that those who travel allow extra time and take it slow.

And, the SHA said, “Never pass a snow plow or snow plow train. The safest place to be is behind the plows, which are clearing the roads ahead.”

If your vehicle does become disabled, the SHA says motorists should make every effort to move it from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.

The National Weather Service says Sunday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

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