Weather Forecasts Predict Snow in Anne Arundel
Some reports are predicting significant snow of more than 5 inches throughout the state of Maryland.
UPDATE (Wednesday 6 p.m.)—The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting snow and snow/rain mix for much of the day on Wednesday. A winter storm watch was replaced by an advisory that takes effect early Wednesday morning through Thursday.
According to NWS, precipitation could start late Tuesday and change into wet snow that may continue through Wednesday night. Predictions for snow totals in Anne Arundel County vary from 2 to 5 inches.
Anne Arundel County officials advise residents to take precautionary actions and obtain emergency supplies before the storm conditions begin. In a press release on Monday, they recommend residents:
- Have vehicles properly winterized and equipped with snow tires or chains. Carry a “survival kit” in your vehicle consisting of blankets, candles, matches, non-perishable foods, drinking water, protective clothing, sand (or other traction material) and a shovel. Eliminate all non-essential travel during storms. Maintain a full tank of gas if travel during adverse weather is absolutely necessary.
- Check for the proper operation of home emergency equipment such as battery-operated radios, flashlights, emergency heating sources, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Have furnaces, wood burning stoves and fireplaces checked for safe operation and have chimneys cleaned. Always dispose of fireplace ashes in an approved metal container, not in a plastic or paper bag or a container that has not been approved.
- Store some non-perishable foods for use in emergencies and keep an adequate supply of medications and baby supplies on hand, if needed.
- Plan precautions to prevent water pipes from freezing during periods of intense cold, such as proper insulation of pipes or draining water from exposed pipes. As a last resort, maintain minimum water flow to prevent freezing.
- Never run gas operated equipment such has generators inside a structure. Even a garage with the door open may not be adequately ventilated
- Wear proper clothing for weather conditions. Several layers of loose fitting, warm clothing is better than one thick garment. Wear hats and mittens or gloves when exposed to the cold.
- Pace physical activity such as snow shoveling or pushing cars. Regardless of age or physical condition, avoid over-exertion. Elderly persons should be cautious in attempting snow removal.
In addition, the Fire Marshal Division reminds all commercial and business property owners that they are responsible for clearing snow to ensure that exit doors open and there is a clear path of travel.
A minimum 3-foot space must also be provided on all sides of fire hydrants.
For more information, residents with specific questions on winter storm preparedness may contact the Emergency Management Bureau at 410-222-8040.
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