BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging travelers to stay off the roads due to snow and ice across the state.

State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters says motorists should not be out on state roads Saturday unless it is an absolute emergency. Peters says motorists on the roads are becoming stuck, and travel speeds are below 20 mph.

There have been traffic backups on the Baltimore Beltway and on the Capital Beltway around Washington. Traffic accidents have been reported across the region.

In Baltimore, officials asked drivers to stay off the Jones Falls Expressway. Also, southbound Interstate-95 was closed at I-395 for disabled vehicles.

The highway administration has 2,400 trucks plowing roads statewide. Officials say crews won’t be able to clear highways down to bare pavement until the precipitation ends.

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