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Md. State Highway Administration tracking coastal storm that could slow traffic

4:49 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is tracking a coastal storm that is expected to produce a cold rain that could turn into snow showers this afternoon during peak travel time. 

The State Highway Administration urges travelers to expect and plan for longer afternoon commute times as roads could become slippery. Any snow or sleet in the metropolitan areas will significantly add to the delay.

"SHA crews will treat the roads with salt when it starts snowing but keep in mind, those trucks are in the same traffic on the same roads as commuters and there may be many places where the salt never reaches the road," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a statement. 

Peters says the crews will need space to treat roadways and plan for a potentially rough commute.  

SHA says its maintenance team is monitoring the storm and is ready to respond as soon as wintry precipitation begins to fall, but, will not pre-treat any roads with salt brine because rain could wash away the pre-treatment.  

Travelers may obtain the latest free traffic and weather information by calling 5-1-1.  

 

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