Winter Storm Forecast for the Baltimore Region Expected to Create Hazardous Conditions
Friday Feb 12th, 2021
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation is preparing for yet another round of winter weather expected to impact the Baltimore region.
According to the latest weather forecasts, snow and mixed precipitation is expected Saturday morning and throughout the day on Sunday. Snow and ice are expected, which will create hazardous conditions during this storm.
“Over the past several weeks, we have weathered numerous winter storms, but none as potentially dangerous as the one we are about to face,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I encourage all residents to take this storm seriously by staying home and staying off the roads to remain safe this Valentine’s weekend.”
The Baltimore City Snow Team will work throughout the storm with a partial deployment beginning Saturday, February 13, 2021. Crews will activate at 8:00 a.m. and work throughout the day and into the night to treat city streets and address icy conditions. The city is fully prepared for the winter weather ahead.
“As Mother Nature once again tests our resilience, I urge everyone to plan ahead, stay informed, and above all, stay safe this weekend,” said Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey. “Our snow team will work to efficiently treat city streets, but we urge all residents to avoid unnecessary travel during the hazardous weather conditions expected from this storm.”
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:
- Have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights, food and blankets.
- Be sure to charge cell phones and mobile devices in case of a power outage, and accumulating snow and ice can cause downed power lines.
- 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 and allow extra stopping distance for safety. Remember that posted speed limits are based on ideal weather conditions and not recommended for snow/ice.
- 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.
In addition to the city’s snow operations, a winter shelter declaration has been issued in Baltimore City which will remain in effect through Sunday, February 14th. 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.