Citizens Urged to Prepare for Freezing Rain This Afternoon Which Will Affect Peak Hour Travel

Freezing Rain expected in Baltimore may create hazardous driving conditions; Citizens should consider earlier commute times today to avoid travel during the storm

We would like to encourage citizens to plan ahead for a winter storm event that is forecast for today in the Baltimore region.  Freezing rain is expected to begin early this afternoon which may create hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon/evening commute.

 The Baltimore City Snow Team is fully prepared for this winter precipitation and will closely monitor weather and roadway conditions.  Snow crews will activate at 12:00 p.m. today to treat city streets and address icy conditions throughout the storm.  This includes nearly 300 pieces of city equipment and 300 contractor vehicles working on city streets during this event.

 Citizens are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared for this afternoon’s commute, as freezing rain on cold roads may create hazardous driving conditions.  Winter precipitation will cause roadways to become slick, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.  Some area streets are already icy due to the extremely cold temperatures, so motorists are strongly advised to allow additional travel time and proceed with extreme caution.  Citizens are strongly encouraged to plan for earlier commute times this afternoon to avoid traveling during the storm.

“We ask that commuters plan ahead for the freezing rain that’s expected this afternoon,” said Director Michelle Pourciau. “Cold roadway temperatures combined with winter precipitation will cause dangerous driving conditions, and citizens are advised not to travel during the storm for everyone’s safety.”

Citizens who must travel should not attempt to pass working snow plows and should always allow extra following distance during inclement weather.  Whenever possible, motorists should utilize off street parking areas such as driveways and parking pads so that snow crews can better treat city roadways.

For updated weather forecasts, traffic conditions and school delay/closing information, citizens should tune into local media stations.  Be sure to follow DOT on Facebook at Baltimore City Department of Transportation and Twitter @BmorecityDOT for additional updates.



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