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Local/State government preps for Sunday-Monday winter storm


Anne Arundel County may expect from three to six inches of snow starting late Sunday, according to some sources. The state and local governments have already started to take precautions in case things get difficult for residents.


According to a press release. The Anne Arundel County Executive's Office and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health have announced that all of the health department's COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics scheduled for Monday, February 1 will be canceled due to the inclement weather forecast for Sunday evening through Monday.


Individuals who had appointments will be notified by email or phone messages and will be provided rescheduling information.


Vaccination clinics on Sunday, January 31, and vaccination and testing clinics on Tuesday, February 2, are expected to open on time, and appointments will take place. Go to www.aahealth.org for the latest weather-related clinic schedule info from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health or call them at 410-222-7256.


Road Crews Mobilized and Ready for Potential Three-Day Event

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) was preparing for a potential winter storm by Friday. The storm was expected to start Sunday and last through Tuesday with periods of snow, sleet and rain, MDOT SHA said in a press release.


The National Weather Service forecast was calling this winter storm an “enhanced threat” with the potential for significant impact on travel. There was a Winter Storm Watch in effect by noon Saturday, January 30, scheduled to run from 1:00 A.M. Sunday to 1:00 A.M. Monday.


Snow is expected to start falling late Sunday and continue through at least Monday afternoon with heavy accumulation possible, perhaps three to six inches.


MDOT SHA crews in western Maryland counties began applying anti-icing treatment on roads Friday morning. The remaining districts were to begin applying anti-icing treatment Friday Friday night and Saturday morning.


The crews have prepared equipment, supplies, and plans to keep roadways clear.


Once the snow begins to fall, crews will deploy resources that include up to 387,000 tons of rock salt and 2,700 pieces of equipment statewide.


If possible, motorists are advised to avoid travel during this weather event. MDOT SHA advises anyone who must travel to take the following precautions:

  • Take it slow on ice and snow - Drive slower than usual. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions.

  • Don’t crowd the plow - Please give snow plows a wide berth on all sides.

  • 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.


Power Outages


Local utilities supplier BGE had an announcement up on its website Saturday explaining that customers may experience power outages due to the storm. The state meant read:


"If you experience a power outage or need to report a downed wire, please call 877.778.2222. BGE crews are following CDC guidance for social distancing and personal protection while working as safely and quickly as possible to restore power.


" BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage. Outages may also be reported online, by texting OUT to MYBGE (69243), and via BGE’s free mobile app available today at the Apple Store or GooglePlay."