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County Executive Leopold Urges Caution from Motorists on First Snowfall of the Year

Crews are applying salt to arterial and collector roads

Annapolis, MD (December 16, 2010) -Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today urged commuters to use caution on the roads this afternoon as the first snowfall of the season continues throughout the region.

“A full component of public works crews is out on our arterial and collector roads applying salt as part of a 24-hour deployment,” County Executive Leopold said. “We will continue to monitor the forecast to determine whether additional contractors are needed. We ask that motorists exercise caution on the roads as school buses are on the roads earlier and the snow continues to fall.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory calling for 1-2" of snow accumulation today. Road and bridge pavement temperatures are expected to be slightly above freezing this afternoon. The published level of service is bare pavement for arterial/collectors within 24 hours following the end of snowfall, and passable conditions for local roads within 36 hours of the end of snowfall. For more information on levels of service for winter conditions, go to

The Emergency Operations Center is partially activated at this time. The County has deployed 72 dump trucks to treat the roads. Local roads are expected to remain passable throughout the event.

Please remember the following snow tips:

  • Park all vehicles in a driveway whenever possible. If off-street parking is not available, please work with your neighbors to park all vehicles on one side of the road only.
  • Children should be cautioned to stay clear of plows and other heavy equipment, and drivers should do the same to allow them to do their work.
  • Clearing of sidewalks and removal of ice is the responsibility of each resident.
  • Remove all recycling containers, trash cans, and other obstacles from the street.
  • Use patience - plowing operations are prioritized to get motorists moving as quickly as possible.
  • Maintain a safe following distance on the roadways during slick conditions, maintain low speeds and turn on your lights to increase visibility.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.

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