Snow removal operations continue, more than 2,100 pieces of equipment deployed
Over 60,000 power outages reported statewide, increasing number of reports of downed trees
ANNAPOLIS, MD– Governor Larry Hogan provided an update today on the state’s continued response to the winter storm that caused heavy snowfall in the region and caused major impacts on roads and transportation systems.
âOur statewide operations center is fully activated and closely monitoring these hazardous conditions,â Governor Hogan said. “In light of the rapidly increasing rate of snowfall, we continue to urge Marylanders in affected areas to stay off the roads and allow crews to do their jobs.”
Travel conditions remain dangerous across much of central and southern Maryland, according to the National Weather Service. While the snow is expected to end from west to east until mid-afternoon, the drop in temperatures throughout the evening will result in a freeze-up period on any roads that remain wet or muddy. Marylanders should avoid traveling the rest of the day and be prepared for the potential impacts on tomorrow morning’s commute. Marylanders can call 511 or visit md511.org for travel updates.
Currently, the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) followed over 60,000 power outages statewide. Throughout the morning, Maryland State Police responded to 41 accidents, 29 broken down or unattended vehicles, and responded to 161 service calls.
Day-to-day operations of the agency:
Maryland State Police
- Maryland State Police closely monitor road conditions and implement snow contingency plans if necessary.
- The Soldiers work with the State Highway Administration’s Coordinated Highway Response Team of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT SHA) and towing companies statewide, as appropriate, to remove abandoned vehicles so that snow removal operations can be carried out efficiently.
- In addition, soldiers from the Commercial Vehicle Law Enforcement Division and the Motor Vehicle Safety Enforcement Division will be reassigned as needed to winter conditions.
Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM)
- The MDEM has organized a call for statewide emergency managers to coordinate the state response with local emergency managers and state agencies involved in the response, and it is ready to provide support and resources to jurisdictions in need.
- MDEM state liaison officers continue to coordinate with local jurisdictions to ensure all requests for assistance are met.
- MDEM has elevated its communications stance and has been warning and warning the public through its digital properties and MdReady / Listo texts. MDEM encourages all residents and visitors to Maryland to sign up for the free MdReady text alert program by sending “MdReady” or “MdListo” for Spanish texts to 211MD1 (211631).
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)
- MDOT SHA teams are actively participating in snow operations statewide, with more than 2,100 pieces of equipment deployed. As expected, snowfall amounts are expected to be highest along I-95 and south and east of the I-95 corridor.
- MDOT SHA advises motorists to reduce their trips if possible throughout the day as temperatures will continue to drop. If travel is required, motorists are urged to allow additional travel time and be extra careful on raised sections of the highway, such as bridges, ramps, and overpasses that freeze first.
- Crews will continue to treat the roads throughout the day as the storm continues and patrol for patches of ice once the storm has subsided.
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)
- MDTA teams continue to treat roads and clear snow along state toll bridges, tunnels and highways.
- Limited wind restrictions are in effect at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. No house trailers or empty box trailers are allowed to cross. 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic updates are available at 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726).
- To driveezMD E-ZPass Maryland customer service centers and in-person call center are closed. Toll customers can still use the self-serve options by calling 1-888-321-6824 or visiting DriveEzMD.com.
Baltimore / Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI Marshall Airport)
- The Marshall BWI Airport Winter Weather Team is actively working on treating and clearing snow from runways and taxiways for air operations. Public parking lots and roadways are also treated and cleared of snow, if necessary.
- Airline flights are working. However, many flight cancellations and delays are expected throughout the day. Passengers with travel plans on Monday should contact their airlines for updated information on the status of the flight. the Marshall BWI Airport website also provides information on airline flights.
MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)
- The bus division of MDOT MTA has implemented a service reduction plan and the MARC train service operates on an improved R schedule.
- The agency is ready to continue implementing weather-related deviations and storm response teams are ready to respond to any issues.
- MDOT MTA actively communicates all schedule changes, deviations and delays to passengers through service alerts, social media and the transit information contact center.
MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA)
- All MDOT MVA branches are closed today with the exception of the following: Cumberland, Frederick, Hagerstown and Westminster. Appointments at these branches can be assigned throughout the day and affected customers will be contacted.
- All VEIP stations are closed today with the exception of the following: Frederick, Hagerstown and Westminster.
Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore
- MDOT Maryland Port Administration snow removal personnel continue to salt and plow public marine terminals in the Port of Baltimore. The ships are worked; however, some have postponed their loading and unloading schedules until later today.
- Ports America Chesapeake has delayed the opening of the Seagirt marine terminal to trucks until 7 a.m. this morning. Normal opening time is 6 a.m.
Maryland Department of the Environment
- The Emergency Response Division of the Maryland Department of the Environment stands ready to respond to any oil or hazardous waste emergency.
- Dam security personnel and water supply personnel are on standby if assistance is required.
- Solid waste staff are ready to extend landfill hours starting Tuesday in case trees are damaged.
Maryland Department of General Services
- All government office buildings, sidewalks and parking lots are treated and cleared of snow.
- All priority refueling sites in the state have been completed, including sites for MSP, MDTA, MTA and SHA. All state supply sites will be open as usual for refueling.
- A designated Resource Procurement Officer is on standby to help use the Emergency Resource List, which includes the following resources; generators, sandbags, ice, dry ice, food and MRE.
- All commercial lease owners have been contacted to confirm that the buildings will be open for business.
Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
- Today, four state-run COVID-19 testing and / or vaccination sites are closed due to weather:
- Annapolis: Corner of Bladen and Calvert streets
- Anne Arundel County: Anne Arundel Medical Center
- Harford County: UM’s Upper Chesapeake Health
- Prince George County: City of Praise Family Ministries
REMARK: The State Center’s screening and vaccination site at 300 Preston St in Baltimore is open today until 3:30 p.m. for previously scheduled appointments only.
Maryland Department of Social Services (DHS)
- DHS sent situational awareness notifications to local and state partners in mass care.
- DHS has essential emergency workers who monitor for local requests for mass care assistance.
Governor’s coordination offices
- The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteering will contact volunteer service organizations to advise them to be prepared to receive requests for volunteer support during and after the storm.
- The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Governor’s Office stands ready to coordinate with state agencies to provide ASL interpreters for emergency broadcast updates to ensure accessibility and effective communication.
- The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services will communicate any emergency information to its partners through its social media channels.
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