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Maryland is in a state of emergency for a powerful coastal storm as crews prepare statewide – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Dozens of tractor drivers waited at the State Highway Administration in Annapolis Friday afternoon to fill up with salt at the start of an arduous 24 hours.

“We work 24 hours a day and we have to be ready to serve,” said David Smith, who had a good night’s rest before starting his plow road along I-97. “Forty mph winds, ice. It can be dangerous,” he told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren.

The impact from this powerful coastal system will vary greatly from state to state. The further east you are, the more likely you are to get more snow.

Debris flew over Annapolis in the early afternoon.

Many roads across Maryland have been pre-treated. The State Highway Administration said it is closely monitoring the I-95 corridor in central Maryland to see if heavy snow extends as far west.

You can see the position of the plow in real time here.

But it is the East Coast that will bear the brunt of the storm in Maryland.

“The storm heading for us is worrying us, it worries me, especially in the eastern part of the state,” said Sherry Christian of SHA.

Although the amount of snow will vary, everyone will be affected by the bitter cold.

Governor Hogan declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon.

The state of emergency mobilized more than a hundred members of the Maryland National Guard. “These soldiers will be ready to assist state and local agencies in responding to potential impacts from heavy snowfall with 50 tactical vehicles to transport evacuations,” the governor’s office said in a statement. a press release.

“We urge Marylanders to take this winter storm seriously, especially residents of the East Coast, where we are anticipating blizzard-like conditions,” said Governor Hogan. . “Stay off the roads tonight for your own safety and so the teams and first responders can do their job. We will continue to closely monitor this winter storm and provide updates as it progresses.”

Ocean City officials have warned of an impending blizzard.

Road cleaners have a message for motorists:

“Stay at home. Let us do our job,” plow driver Herb Branham told Hellgren. “We had a train running, and they tried to get up beside us cutting between us. It was just a nightmare.”

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/28/maryland-under-state-of-emergency-for-powerful-coastal-storm-as-crews-prepare-statewide/ Maryland is in a state of emergency for a powerful coastal storm as crews prepare statewide – CBS Baltimore

Tom Vazquez

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