Hope you enjoyed the holidays, because now it’s winter. With the first snow of the year bringing slightly more powder than expected on Tuesday morning, the roads were a mess. Even though only a couple inches stuck to the ground, the weather hit during the morning commute. That means the snow plows were just like the rest of us: stuck in traffic, and at risk of an accident.
On the beltway, one snow-clearing driver became a crash victim when a plow flipped onto its side and into the highway near Quarantine Road. According to WBAL, the driver was taken to Shock Trauma as a precaution, but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Driving was especially treacherous in Anne Arundel County, where 142 accidents were reported from 3-10 a.m., including two involving high school students. In one case, a student was hit by a car on Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. after she slipped in the road while walking to school. The 15-year-old girl was in good condition following the accident. The decision lead some parents to question the decision to leave school open, prompting Superintendent Bob Mosier to argue that conditions could’ve been even worse if he called a delay.
Baltimore County Public Schools closed for the day, but Baltimore City schools remained open, including after-school activities. That didn’t make the teachers union happy, which said it was pushing for a cancellation early this morning. Even SRB didn’t see the logic.
— Stephanie (SRB) (@MayorSRB) January 6, 2015
The snow slowed down in the afternoon, meaning crews likely had a chance to clear the snow and make way for a smoother afternoon rush hour. Nevertheless, snow is expected to continue in patches, and Gov. O’Malley informs that “a bit of a polar vortex” is on the way soon after. Drive safely!
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