Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday afternoon he has declared a state of emergency in advance of this weekend's forecasted blizzard.
Speaking at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Hogan said he signed an order declaring a state of emergency beginning at 7 a.m. Friday.
The governor said the blizzard could be the worst snow storm Maryland has seen since the twin blizzards in 2010, and cautioned that it could take a week for some local roads to be cleared.
"Our state is taking every precaution," Hogan said.
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He said the National Guard is prepared to mobilize. The State Highway Administration will begin pre-treating roads Thursday, and all modes of transportation are expected to be impacted by the snow.
The governor also urged Marylanders to have enough food and supplies to last a week, and to stay home and avoid driving anywhere if they don't have to.