'Stay off the roads,' Maryland officials say

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 09:27:09-05

As snow moved into the area state officials urged drivers to get off the roads, a message that continues as heavy snow and strong winds push through the area Saturday. A High Wind Warning is in effect Saturday from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Maryland State Highway Administration told ABC2 they've dispatched more than 3000 pieces of equipment to respond to the blizzard conditions. Charlie Gischlar with the State Highway Administration told viewers Saturday to "ride this one out at home."

Maryland State Police and the Maryland State Highways Administration declared a snow emergency at noon Friday, restricting travel on all highways designated snow emergency routes to all but vehicles equipped with chains, snow tires or all season radials.

Cars are also not allowed to park along snow emergency routes when the emergency plans are in place and cars will be towed from the shoulder or parking spaces along those designated roads.

"It is important for all Marylanders to heed Governor Hogan's warning about the coming storm and to make every effort to refrain from travel through the weekend," Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said in a release.  "Implementing the snow emergency plans in every county is an indication of the serious nature of this storm and the statewide impact it will have. Our goal is to keep citizens safe and this is one of the many steps we will be taking to do that."