Icy Conditions a Concern as Snowstorm Leaves D.C. Region

UPDATED: March 6, 2015 10:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Another snowstorm has come and gone in the D.C.-Baltimore region, leaving a mess in its path.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulation reached 12½ inches in Carroll County, northwest of Baltimore. Areas of Baltimore city got more than 8 inches.

Snowfall elsewhere in Maryland ranges from 1.3 inches in St. Mary’s County to about 11 inches in Frederick and Washington counties.

NWS issued a Wind Chill Advisory for parts of Maryland and Virginia, which was in in effect from midnight Thursday night until 8 a.m. Friday. NWS says the wind chill was low as 12 below zero in some areas, with temperatures in the single digits.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says residents should use common sense and stay safe as a late-winter storm finished pounding the state with some of the heaviest snow of the season.

Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is telling drivers to stay off the roads, but to be cautious and allow plenty of time for travel if you do have to drive. They say even one abandoned car can cause a traffic jam.

Meteorologists say D.C. and Baltimore could see record low temperatures Thursday night as the region dips into the single digits.

“Crews will continue to plow and treat roadways; however the best advice is to get to your destination and stay,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said.

SHA has already spent $95 million on winter operations this year and used 285,000 tons of salt.

Thursday morning brought substantial amounts of rain, followed by heavy snowfall throughout the day. Emergency traffic patrols continue to monitor Maryland interstates during the evening rush hours and overnight.

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D.C.’s snow emergency plan has been in effect since 7 a.m. Thursday. Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes after that will be towed and fees total at least $370.

Click here to see a map of D.C. snow emergency routes.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are continuing efforts to improve road conditions across the state.

Officials say conditions on most interstate, primary and secondary roads range from minor to moderate.

Crews continuing working in 12-hour shifts on Friday to make roads passable but motorists are being encouraged to avoid travel.

VDOT says extremely low temperatures could mean icy roads, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

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