Winter Storm Forecast for the Baltimore Region May Affect Weekend Travel

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to encourage citizens to plan ahead for a winter storm event that is forecast for this weekend in the Baltimore region. According to the latest weather reports, several inches of snow is expected in Baltimore City beginning late Saturday afternoon and continuing throughout the day on Sunday, which could create dangerous conditions for motorists.

The Baltimore City Snow Team is prepared for the winter precipitation and will closely monitor weather and roadway conditions this weekend. Crews have been readying snow equipment and will pre-treat city gateways and primary roadways with salt brine today. Snow crews will activate at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in preparation for the storm.

“The Department of Transportation will be equipped with plows and plenty of salt to treat city roadways, but we encourage all citizens who do not have to drive this weekend to refrain from traveling during the storm,” said Director Michelle Pourciau. “We are fully prepared for the first snow storm of the new year, and advise citizens who must travel to use extreme caution, as dangerous driving conditions can still develop.”

Citizens are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared for inclement weather if traveling this weekend. Winter precipitation will cause roadways to become slick, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses. Motorists are strongly advised to drive at reduced speeds, plan additional travel time and allow extra following distance for everyone’s safety. During the storm, motorists are reminded not to “crowd the plow” by staying behind working snow vehicles and allowing them plenty of space to operate.

For updated weather forecasts and traffic conditions, citizens should tune into local media stations. Citizens can also find updated information at snow.baltimorecity.gov and by following DOT on Twitter @BmorecityDOT and Facebook at Baltimore City Department of Transportation.

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