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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Mayor Craig A. Moe declared a snow emergency for the City of Laurel as of 4 p.m. Sunday, which will remain in effect until further notice.

Mayor Moe and Emergency Operations Director, Marty Flemion, wants residents to be aware that the National Weather Service has put out a winter storm warning for the area starting Sunday evening and going into Monday afternoon.

According to forecast, there will be rain Sunday evening, which will turn into ice overnight and change to snow later on.

A major concern for the region are the potential dangers on the roads with hidden ice for the morning commute.

Authorities advise residents to pay attention to the news and radio for updates. Snow emergency updates will also be posted on the City of Laurel website: http://www.cityoflaurel.org/content/snow-removal

The City's Emergency Operations Center and Public Works will begin their street salting after midnight in anticipation of the ice starting to form after 2 a.m., authorities said.

It is prohibited to park on the even numbered side of the designated City snow routes during a snow emergency. Authorities said all other posted parking restrictions remain in effect. Parking is not allowed on both sides of the street along State and County snow routes. l

Authorities said you may get a message from the city advising you to move you vehicle if it is parked on a snow emergency route.

Please be aware that cars parked illegally along Snow Emergency Routes will be ticketed, towed and impounded at the owner's expense and risk. If your car is towed, call the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092 for release information.

City Ordinance also requires all owners and occupants to clear ice and snow from sidewalks fronting their property within 12 hours after the cessation of snowfall or ice accumulation. Failure to clear your sidewalk may result in a fine.

Authorities ask you to clear your sidewalk for the convenience and safety of pedestrians and access by Emergency Personnel; and not shovel ice and snow from your driveway or sidewalk onto the street. It causes a traffic hazard and is against City law, and also subject to citation.

For more information on snow removal in the City of Laurel, please visit the City's website at http://www.cityoflaurel.org/content/snow-removal.

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