Maryland State Police say a Christmas Eve snowfall across much of northern and central Maryland is making driving conditions hazardous.
Troopers in Hagerstown responded to multiple single-vehicle accidents Monday afternoon on roads covered by wet snow.
State police in Washington and Frederick counties implemented snow emergency plans. The orders restrict parking on designated routes.
State Highway Administration spokeswoman Sandra Dobson says crews are working to keep road surfaces clear. She says little accumulation is expected before the storm ends Monday night.
Maryland State Police Press Release:
The Maryland State Police at Frederick Barrack "B" report that due to current weather and road conditions, the Snow Emergency Plan for Frederick County will be implemented at 4:30 PM on December 24, 2012.
The following highways have been designated as Snow Emergency Routes in Frederick County:
U.S. Route 15
U.S. Route 15 (Business)
U.S. Route 40
U.S. Route 40 (Alternate)
U.S. Route 340
MD Route 17
MD Route 26
MD Route 27
MD Route 28
MD Route 31
MD Route 75
MD Route 76
MD Route 79
MD Route 80
MD Route 85
MD Route 140
MD Route 144FA
MD Route 180
MD Route 194
Once the Snow Emergency Plan has been placed in effect, Maryland Law requires motorists to operate vehicles that are equipped with snow tires as designated by the manufacturer or equipped with chains. Studded tires are allowed from November 1 through March 31.
During the declaration of a snow emergency, a person may not park a vehicle on any highway designated as a snow emergency route.
Your office will be contacted once the weather and road conditions improve to allow the lifting of the plan.
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