MARYLAND - The Maryland State Highway Administration says they are carefully tracking the potential winter storm, and are ready to respond.
In addition to the regular complement of plow trucks, SHA will reportedly position large heavy-duty tow trucks in strategic areas along the interstate system for rapid response in the event of tractor trailer crashes. Officials say motorists should expect the unexpected and prepare for a worst case scenario. Pavement temperatures are generally warm today, so officials say it could be several hours before snow begins to adhere to road surfaces.
If travel is unavoidable, officials say to maintain a safe distance behind plow trucks. Additionally, SHA is reminding drivers that speed limits are posted for fair weather conditions, so drivers are asked to reduce speed in inclement weather. They are also urging drivers to take a charged mobile device to call for help if you become stranded, an ice scraper and shovel and be sure the windshield washer fluid is filled. Before venturing out, clear your vehicle completely to see and be seen.
SHA officials say you can plan your route in advance by using the "511 Traveler Information" system. Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions. For internet access, visit the SHA website.