SHA Road Treatment Prep

Nicholas Wachter, a facility maintenance technician with the State Highway Administration, removes a hose from a tanker after filling it with brine, a solution of salt and water, to be deployed during the snowstorm forecast for Wednesday.

Frederick County should brace for heavy snow and sleet over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of north central and western Maryland from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday, including Frederick County.

The National Weather Service predicts heavy mixed precipitation, with snow and sleet accumulating between 6 and 12 inches east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Near the mountains, expect a tenth of an inch of ice. Snow may accumulate 12 to 18 inches from the I-81 corridor westward and near the Mason-Dixon Line.

Snow should spread over 9 to 11 a.m., with the heaviest snow anticipated during the late afternoon and evening. Morning and evening commutes may be affected, with the weather making travel "very difficult to impossible," according to the weather service.

Those who must travel should carry a flashlight, water and food in their vehicles, the weather service advises.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Frederick County Sheriff's Office asked motorists to stay off the roads during the storm. For those who have to travel, the sheriff's office reminded them to follow Maryland's Move Over law for passing emergency vehicles.

Frederick County government operations will close at noon in preparation for the storm, while courts will be closed all day. County TransIT will continue as long as buses can travel.

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(15) comments

jth7100

Drove past the others with a smile on your face too, I bet. When you used to be able to drive, I have no doubt you were pleased to see stupid people along the side of the road.

C.D.Reid

Now now, we're not getting an attitude, are we? [lol]

jth7100

Those people referred to the stupid drivers as you well know from the article. Still stinging from being called out as a racist previously. A swing and a miss.

DickD

I cleared out about three inches at 2, started at one and it snowed an inch while I was out there. Looks like we have another 2 or 3 and the heaviest is supposed to be after 4.

jth7100

Yeah, you guys are right; I hate those people so much too.

C.D.Reid

Saying "those people" is racist, I would have thought you would have known that. And, unlike you, I don't hate people who drive stupidly. I don't care for them, and I don't respect them, but I certainly don't hate them.

TomWheatley

Despite warning people, there will be idiots who drive in the middle of things at speeds far too excessive for the conditions. Stay home, watch some Christmas movies, and enjoy!

C.D.Reid

Too many drivers think that, just because they have four wheel drive, they're invincible. They don't realize that four wheel drive doesn't keep them out of a ditch, it just may help them get out of one if they end up in it from their own stupidity. It only takes a film of ice to get you off the road.

gabrielshorn2013

Exactly CD. 4WD helps you get moving, but it won't help you turn, nor stop, and evasive maneuvers are impossible. When you start to slide, you're just a projectile demonstrating Newton's laws of motion. I've gone past idiots in the ditch, (and in one case a rollover on I-70) who blew past me on the interstate in snowstorms with their 4-Runners and X-Terras just minutes earlier. I did stop to help the rollover, but drove past the others.

C.D.Reid

Drove past the others with a smile on your face too, I bet. [thumbup]

shiftless88

On the other hand, they are good for pulling people out of ditches as well. Having said that, AWD is superior overall to FWD or RWD for more than just pulling away from a stop. They help in turning and overall stability. It isn't the panacea that some people think, but it is still far superior for winter traction.

gabrielshorn2013

"On the other hand, they are good for pulling people out of ditches as well."

While that may be true shiftless, their stupidity got them into that situation, and their wallet will need to get them out. My Suburban handles snow just great, as long as I "drive for the weather", with caution. One does not violate the laws of physics and get away with it for long.

DickD

Supposed to start around 10 a.m.

They had roads treated early yesterday.

Jthomas515

Few inches?

C.D.Reid

I thought the same thing and figured the writer was just being facetious. I see it's been revised and the "few inches" is absent now.

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