Strong winds, not snow, affect commute
Fighting strong winds that threaten to undo their work, snowplow and salt crews continued to clear Maryland roads early Monday morning, especially in parts of the Eastern Shore, Cecil County and northern Harford County, state highway officials said.
Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration, urged drivers to use extra caution when using Route 50 to travel to and from the Eastern Shore region, as parts of the highway still have some isolated snow patches.
High wind gusts, in some places reaching more than 45 mph, have been pushing snow back into already cleared areas, Gischlar said.
“In the rural areas we could have some lanes open and come back out on our next pass and they’ll be covered again,” he said.
The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect until 9 p.m. Monday for much of the Baltimore metropolitan area, as well as parts of Allegany county and Charles county.
“The big enemy today is going to be the wind, so wherever you go just take it slow,” Gischlar said.
Plow and salt crews are also out in southern and western Maryland, Gischlar said, who said he expected road conditions to improve as the day goes on.
“As soon as the sun starts to heat things up we should see some rapid improvement,” he said.
Gischlar recommended commuters check the state highway website for updates on traffic conditions and road closures
--Yeganeh June Torbati