UPDATED: Feb. 18, 2015 4:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Maryland State Highway Administration is issuing a travel advisory, urging commuters to leave early and avoid a snowy rush hour.

Transportation officials say there could be major delays Wednesday if motorists do not adjust their commuting schedules. Virginia transportation officials also are urging caution. They have 700 trucks ready to treat northern Virginia roads.

Forecasters say a cold front will be moving through the Baltimore-Washington region. Meteorologists are calling for possibly 1 to 2 inches of snow between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. There could be areas of low visibility and high winds.

The National Weather Service says the combination of snow and falling temperatures could cause slick roads.

Transportation officials say it’s bad timing for a snowstorm. They say commuters should leave work early to beat the storm.

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