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SHA Crews Responding to Wintry Mix

A mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet is striking central and western Maryland.

State Highway Administration crews are responding to a wintry mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet throughout central and western Maryland.

"SHA crews have been out since prior to [Wednesday] morning’s rush hour and are responding accordingly based on conditions," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a news release. "We ask motorists to keep their speeds down as lighter traffic can also result in increased travel speeds. Conditions can change rapidly within just a few miles and we ask motorists to exercise extreme caution today."

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for the Baltimore metro and Harford County. The wintry mix is expected to continue throughout the morning, and later change to rain.

Motorists passing through the western region of the state are encouraged to plan for extra travel time and make sure they have a full tank of gas as a higher amount of snow is expected in this areas, according to the release. Disabled vehicles should be moved from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.

The State Highway Administration urges motorists to never pass a snow plow or snow plow train.

The organization also advising that travelers be equipped with an emergency survival kit, which includes the following items:
•       a shovel
•       jumper cables
•       snacks
•       blanket or sleeping bag
•       flashlight with extra batteries
•       high-calorie non-perishable food
•       first aid kit
•       extra clothes
•       bottled water
•       a charged cell phone
•       kitty litter or other abrasives

Keep track of up-to-date road conditions by clicking the "commute" option under the "more stuff" tab on the front page of your local Patch site.


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