Snowfall, Freezing Rain Expected To Bring Hazardous Conditions
Local and state authorities have issued releases regarding upcoming wintery weather which may include snow, sleet and rain overnight and into tomorrow, Both the city of Annapolis and Maryland Department of Transportation are planning to do what they can to improve road conditions in the area.
According to an Annapolis city press release, The National Weather Service predicts that Annapolis will see winter weather, including snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain, starting Wednesday evening, February 10, and ending around lunchtime on Thursday, February 11.
Temperatures will hover around the freezing mark, making precipitation forecasts difficult to pinpoint. The City of Annapolis has salting and plowing efforts underway before, during and after the event. For more on the forecast, visit the National Weather Service website.
The city is advising its employees who have the opportunity to work from home Thursday to do so.
Essential employees should report as normal or assigned, the Annapolis release states, and recommends workers stay tuned Thursday morning, February 11, for updates as more severe weather conditions may impact reporting decisions for the City’s non-essential and quasi-essential employees.
The city also stated:
The Annapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) is prepared for this storm, which is forecasted to be primarily a salting event. Crews will begin treating roads Wednesday night. DPW crews will work in 12-hour shifts. If possible, please avoid travel during the storm to allow crews time to do their work. If you must travel, please slow down and exercise caution.
Annapolis Transit: At this time, transit routes will operate on the regular schedule. For updates or changes to Annapolis Transit, visit: the City’s Facebook page or call 410-263-7964.
Recreation and Parks: At this time, the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center will follow regularly scheduled closing and opening times. For schedule changes or snow-related closures, please visit the Recreation and Parks FACEBOOK page or the Pip Moyer Recreation Center FACEBOOK page.
Warming Center Opening: The Stanton Center, at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis, will be open as a warming center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please note that masks are required, all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed, and all referrals must check-in to the Stanton Center nightly by 9 p.m.
Annapolis Call Center: The Annapolis Call Center will be operational throughout this event for non-emergency questions related to the winter storm and City Services. Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) released a press statement advising Maryland residents to stay home for bad weather. They said they are gearing up for another bout of winter weather that is expected to impact most of the state.
The statement reports The National Weather Service expects snow this afternoon, followed by periods of snow and freezing rain in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore Thursday night into Friday.
Hazardous conditions, such as slippery roads, are expected.
Motorists who must travel, please follow the following guidelines:
Don’t crowd the plow. Please give snow plows a wide berth on all sides.
Clear your car completely before driving. Snow can fall off your moving vehicle and create a hazard for other drivers.
Go slow on ice and snow. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions, so drive about 10 mph slower than usual.
Elevated road surfaces such as bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze first — Remain extra vigilant.
Real-time weather and traffic information is available at md511.maryland.gov. Customers can also view the Statewide Transportation Operations Resources Map (STORM) web application, which provides a tracking of MDOT SHA winter operations.
Source: Annapolice city and MDOT SHA press releases