Snow Update: Steer Clear of Howard County Roads

State and local officials are warning motorists to avoid the normal rush hour as snow may lead to dangerous conditions.

It's coming.

The National Weather Service is forecasting 1-to-2 inches of snow in Howard County Wednesday afternoon.  

Snow is already falling in some areas of the county and it is expected to pick up just in time for the late afternoon and early evening rush hour, according to NWS. 

Howard County Public Schools have cancelled all after-school and evening community and school-sponsored events.  As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, programs sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Department of Recreation and Parks have not been cancelled.

The Maryland State Highway Authority advised motorists to avoid travel if possible during the normal rush hour so that plows can effectively clear the roads, many of which have been pre-treated with salt.

"SHA will continue to closely monitor the storm, but we certainly need motorists to do their part as well,” Melinda Peters, SHA Administrator said in a statement.

“Traveling the roads this afternoon during the height of the normal rush hour should NOT be an option," the statement read.  " storm was indicative of how quickly things can change and we want everyone to get home safely.”

And if you are on the road after snow has fallen, SHA is reminding people to clean of vehicles off completely; that snow can turn into ice, creating a dangerous situation for everyone on the road.

Temperatures are expected to drop to about 28 degrees tonight, according to NWS -- well below freezing. According to meteorologist Justin Berk, conditions may worsen around 4 p.m., when dropping temperatures mean slicker roads.

For up-to-date information on road conditions, visit www.md511.org or call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511. 


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