Road pre-treatment underway ahead of snow storm

Posted at 6:10 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 17:21:47-04

Preparations are in high gear ahead of the upcoming snow storm.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is tapping into its reserve of 380,000 tons of salt to pre-treat highways.

Locals are urged to stock up on essentials and to stay home during the storm to let crews to clear the roadways.

”The mild weather over the last several weeks may have lulled us into complacency,” Russell Strickland, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said in a news release. “Make sure your car is ready for winter travel, stock up on vital food and household supplies in case travel is difficult for several days, and make sure to keep devices charged so you can follow reliable weather forecasts and information from emergency officials.”

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MEMA also suggests the following early preparations:

* Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
* Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
* If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
* If it is safe to do so, consider clearing off roofs if significant snow has accumulated.
* Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here:

Drivers should also clear off their cars completely before hitting the road after the storm, according to State Highway officials.

Snow is expected to arrive Monday night and continue through much of Tuesday.