UPDATED: March 5, 2015 5:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Slick conditions on Maryland and Virginia highways are keeping police and wrecker crews busy as a winter storm sweeps across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Officials say some of the worst problems Thursday morning were caused by tractor-trailers unable to climb South Mountain on Interstate 70 near the Frederick-Washington county line. The State Highway Administration says westbound traffic in that area is moving slowly after a temporary shutdown to clear the lanes.
Numerous accidents are causing problems on other federal and state highways from the western Maryland mountains to Cecil County in the state’s far northeastern corner. No serious injuries have been reported.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is urging people to stay home to avoid problems from a storm that has dropped up to 6 1/2 inches of snow in the region.
In Virginia, few drivers are braving the roads of Fairfax County as conditions deteriorate amid heavy snow.
VDOT says Fairfax County Police have received calls from drivers asking about abandoning their vehicles. These vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Officials say if you can safely move your vehicle out of travel lanes you can call a tow truck to get the vehicle home. Any vehicle left for more than 12 hours or deemed a road hazard by the police will be towed.
More than 3,800 trucks continue to plow roads in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties, according to VDOT. Crews are spreading salt and abrasives, as appropriate, concentrating their response efforts on the most heavily traveled routes.
This storm may deliver a second punch as temperatures drop to record levels and icy conditions remain likely into Friday.
Plows were working all over the county at midday Thursday, but they struggled to keep up with the snowfall. With schools, government buildings and daycare centers closed, traffic was all but nonexistent in suburban communities.
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