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Icy Roads Ahead: Maryland State Highway Administration

Roads will most likely be slick due to extremely low temperatures.

Icy conditions are expected as temperatures fall.
Icy conditions are expected as temperatures fall.

UPDATE (9 p.m.)—Drivers should prepare for icy roads on Tuesday, the State Highway Administration said Monday night.

"While crews have salted roads, there is a high probability that drivers will encounter ice with the frigid temperatures expected," according to a statement from the State Highway Administration.

Temperatures will drop to near record low temperatures overnight, according to the National Weather Service, which said it would be around 0 degrees without wind chill in the Baltimore-Washington region.

"For tomorrow morning, travelers should again plan ahead for potential delays due to icy conditions," the State Highway Administration said, advising drivers to allow themselves twice their normal travel time.

Related: Winter Driving Trips—How to Drive on Icy Roads

Original report from approximately 3 p.m. Monday

The snow has stopped in many parts of the state, but the State Highway Administration said Monday afternoon that heavy bands of snow were still hitting southern and eastern Maryland.

More than 2,700 State Highway Administration trucks were out plowing and treating highways, and the administration asked drivers to delay travel, especially south and east of Washington, D.C. where snow is currently falling.

Slush and snow cover many roads and ramps, and even if asphalt is visible, there may still be slick conditions, the State Highway Administration said. In addition, heavy bands of snow may cause sudden brief whiteout conditions, officials said.

As temperatures fall Monday night, the State Highway Administration said icy conditions are possible and drivers should exercise extreme caution.

Tips for Safe Driving

  • See and be seen. Clear off your entire vehicle before heading out.
  • Use headlights when wipers are on. 
  • Take it slow in ice and snow.
  • Anticipate doubling your traveling time.
  • Allow three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Harford County Native March 03, 2014 at 07:41 PM
If you live in Reisterstown why are you posting this in the Havre de Grace Patch in Harford county MD.?
Elizabeth Janney March 03, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Just Wondering, Since this was a post that applied to the entire state (the information was provided by the State Highway Administration), it was published on Patch sites in multiple counties.
Elizabeth Janney March 03, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Donna, This is what Baltimore County says about trash collection: If you have set out your trash for collection for Monday, March 3, leave it out until collection occurs. If you set out your recycling for Monday, March 3, and it has not been collected, retrieve it and set it out for collection for Monday, March 10.
donna March 03, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Thank you Elizabeth.
Harford County Native March 04, 2014 at 01:48 PM
I'm sorry I figured since it was in the Havre de Grace Patch under AROUND TOWN that it was information for us. Seems like you need a new category like Around State.

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