Crews Pre-Treated Highways and Loaded Trucks in Advance of Precipitation
(Jan. 11, 2011, 3 p.m.) The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is ready for the storm that is currently affecting the southern east coast and moving northeast. It is lightly snowing in the counties south of Baltimore City. Winter weather advisories are in effect through much of Maryland with one to three inches of snow expected for the region.
Crews spent most of Monday pre-treating interstates with salt brine solution in major metropolitan regions.
Coastal storms are challenging to predict so SHA crews pre-treated major highways with salt brine to prevent snow and ice from bonding to surfaces, said SHA Administrator Neil J. Pedersen. As people head out for the commute this evening, drivers need to be extra cautious, travel at speeds appropriate for conditions and give SHA crews the space they need to keep roads safe and passable.
SHA crews are currently stationed at maintenance facilities across the State and on active patrol in regions to the south and east where snow is falling.
The storm is forecasted to intensify by later today continue into the evening and through the night.