City of Baltimore Prepares for Overnight Snow Storm

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation is gearing up for another winter weather event that is expected to impact the Baltimore region overnight tonight and into Thursday morning.

According to the latest weather forecasts, snow is expected to begin in Baltimore City early this evening which may possibly mix with sleet overnight.  We expect several inches of snow by mid-morning on Thursday, and the potential of icy conditions for the morning commute.

“With snow and icy conditions expected throughout the night, our crews will be working around the clock so that city streets are ready for the Thursday morning commute,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I encourage all residents to take this storm seriously by staying home if at all possible, and taking all necessary precautions if you absolutely must travel.”

The Baltimore City Snow Team will work throughout the night to ensure that city roadways are safe for the Thursday morning commute. Snow crews will deploy at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and will closely monitor weather and roadway conditions. City gateways and primary roadways have been pre-treated with salt brine in preparation for the storm.

“With back-to-back snow storms over the last several weeks, our snow team has been working hard for the residents of Baltimore City to make our roadways safe for travel,” said Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey.  “With nearly 300 pieces of equipment, a full complement of contractor forces and a replenished supply of salt, the city is fully prepared for the winter weather that is expected over the next few days.”

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared for inclement weather. Motorists are advised not to travel during the storm so that snow crews can treat city streets more efficiently. Vehicles that become disabled obstruct the movement of plows and hinder removal efforts. 

Residents who must travel are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Completely clear snow from your vehicle before driving. Snow on your vehicle can fall off while driving and create hazardous conditions for other motorists. 
  • Reduce speeds while driving in winter weather and allow extra stopping distance for safety. Remember that posted speed limits are based on ideal weather conditions and not recommended for snow.
  • Remember not to “crowd the plow” by staying behind working snow vehicles and allowing them plenty of space to operate.
  • Be aware that conditions can change rapidly, and winter precipitation can cause roadways to become slick, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Testing sites will make every attempt to remain open, but may need to close due to adverse weather conditions. For status updates please visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/testing or follow the Baltimore City Health Department’s social media accounts for updates before coming to a testing site.

Winter Shelters

In addition to the city’s snow operations, a winter shelter declaration has been issued in Baltimore City which will remain in effect until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Residents in need of shelter should call 443-984-9540 or dial 211. The transportation schedule, along with additional details can be found on the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services website at: Winter Shelter | Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (baltimorecity.gov).

For updated weather forecasts and traffic conditions, residents should tune into local news stations, check media resources and visit the city’s snow page at snow.baltimorecity.gov.

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