Governor Larry Hogan – Official Website of the Governor of Maryland
Maryland residents in affected areas are urged to avoid evening commutes and stay off the roads tonight
Annapolis, MD– Governor Larry Hogan today declared a state of emergency and mobilized members of the Maryland National Guard ahead of a winter storm that is expected to bring several inches of snow to most of the state and up to 12 inches on the lower east side.
The emergency declaration includes Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. A blizzard warning is now in effect for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
In addition, the governor ordered the Maryland National Guard to place 125 active duty soldiers in armories in southern Maryland and the east coast. These soldiers will be ready to help state and local agencies respond to the potential impacts of heavy snowfall with 50 tactical vehicles for evacuation transportation.
“We urge Marylanders to take this winter storm seriously, especially residents of the East Coast, where we expect blizzard-like conditions,” Governor Hogan said. “Stay off the roads tonight for your own safety and so crews and first responders can do their jobs. We will continue to monitor this winter storm closely and provide updates as it progresses.
The State Highway Administration (SHA) has completed road pretreatment across the state and is increasing resources toward the lower East Coast. Marylanders can track real-time SHA activity here.
The State Activation Level (SAL) remains at Enhanced and the Governor has directed state agencies to make all necessary preparations. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) coordinates with local emergency management officials to ensure all needs are met.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has prepared storm response equipment and prepared crews for snow and ice removal. Winter weather crews at Thurgood Marshall International Airport in Baltimore/Washington are on alert and ready to respond. Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) storm response crews and equipment are ready to respond to problems along railroads, bus routes and stations.
Visit md511.org for traffic incident updates, text “MdReady” (or “MdListo” for Spanish texts) to 211MD1 to receive emergency alerts, and visit mdem.maryland.gov for information on storm preparedness and disaster supply kits.