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Baltimore County says they're ready to go for first winter storm of season

Posted at 11:16 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 08:29:33-05

TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County is prepping for what is expected to be the first major snow fall of the 2020-2021 winter season.

Residents who need to get to work can plan ahead and find which routes have been plowed by looking at a color coded map.

It takes four to six hours for crews to spread the first coating of salt on all County roads during normal snow storms.

If your road hasn't been plowed within 24 hours after the storm has ended, you can call the Bureau of Highways at 410-887-3560.

Officials say more than six-inches of snowfall usually requires 48 hours to plow, and up to 24 hours for lesser amounts.

The County says they have 91,600 tons of salt stored in 17 salt barns which are replenished as needed.

Their fleet includes 481 trucks and 571 employees working out of 11 highways shops.

The 2020-2021 storm response budget is set at $7.7 million.

Heavy snow is expected in northern and western Maryland, with 12 to 18 inches possible between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday.

Ahead of the storm, shoppers in Towson are preparing for whatever comes their way.

WMAR-2 News spoke to people who stocked up on water, salt, snacks and firewood in case they can’t make it out once the storm hits.

“I do think we’ll probably be hunkered down for the next day or two,” said Bridget Rohrbough. “I do try and stay off the roads as they advise so I just planned if I’m going to be in for the next few days-- right now we’re working from home--so if I’m going to be in the house for the next few days I just wanted to be ready.”

“It doesn’t hurt to have firewood rather it’s for an outside recreational thing or if it’s inside for actual warmth,” said Josie Renkwitz. “If the snow comes, we are going to be home and we are going to be able to keep warm that’s all that matters.”