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Crews are preparing for wintry weather Wednesday, tips to get ready

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 13:04:53-05

Road crews are ramping up in preparation of Wednesday’s winter storm.

The state has an online tool for those wondering where the snow plows are in their area. It’s called 'Storm' which stands for Statewide Transportation Operations Response Map. The app shows how many crews are out on the road -- and where they are in real-time.

Crews are out spraying brine Tuesday, so on Wednesday you can track which roads have been plowed to make your commute safer.

While road crews treat roads and prepare for plowing Wednesday, it's also a time for the rest of us to remember to prepare for the storm. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management advises to winterize your vehicle and make sure you have at least a half tank of gas. You also should have some extra clothes and blankets as part of your emergency kit to keep you warm.

If you must head out on Wednesday, remember to not crowd the plow. The Department of Transportation says never pass a snow plow or plow train. When driving behind a snow plow or salt truck, be sure to leave plenty of space at least seven to eight car lengths behind the truck.

In case you get stuck out on the road, the Department of Emergency Management also advises if you not to drive if you don’t have to.

If you live in Anne Arundel County, there are multiple warming centers that are open so you do not have to stay in the cold. The centers are open at the following Precincts from 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday until 10 p.m. Wednesday

  • Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
  • Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Rd, Pasadena
  • Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
  • Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Warming center information for other areas has not been released at this time.