We have an array of winter weather alerts that are in effect for our area this evening.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Cecil, southern Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and southeast Harford Counties. Widespread snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are likely, with isolated locations picking up a little more. Northwest winds gusting around 40 mph Saturday.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the eastern shore, and central and northern Delaware.
inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. Snow will become heavy at times tonight through Saturday morning. Snowfall rates near one inch per hour are possible, with significant reductions in visibility.
Winter Storm Warning, Blizzard Warning Winter.
Falling snow will diminish west to east early Saturday afternoon, but areas of blowing snow may continue into Saturday night.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for extreme southern and eastern Maryland Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 18 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.
When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury. After the snow exits on Saturday.
Blizzard WarningWinter Weather Advisory.
The National Weather Service is predicting 5-10 inches of snow for Rockland County and much of the lower Hudson Valley with snowfall rates up to an inch an hour possible. They have also warned of a potential for strong winds with gusts from 25-35 mph.
The County Highway Department is well prepared for this storm. Crews have pre-treated County roads with a brine solution and all of our plow trucks are loaded with salt so they can hit the road as soon as snow starts falling.
Saturday evening will be bitterly cold as well and by Sunday morning some folks will wake up to subzero wind chills!
while wind chills spend most of the day in single digits.
Despite our preparations we are asking residents to please stay off the roads if possible and to travel with extreme caution if you must travel. Give any plows you see on the road the space they need to do their jobs safely.
With the high winds forecast we may experience power outages and downed wires. Please review the following safety tips from Orange and Rockland Utilities:
Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.
If a fallen wire is drape over a car.
approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.
Pole-top transformers those small, metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles – also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.
Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used . They should be use and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or vents.
Have emergency equipment within reach portable radio. flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications.
if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall. phone will be unusable during a power outage.
If you experience a power outage do not assume that Orange and Rockland automatically knows about it. Please report it and check for your restoration time using any of these options: