Breaking updates on snowstorm recovery

BWI to stay closed till Monday

Elkridge sees 32 inches of snow

34,000 without power

February 07, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Transit services coming back slowly

Updated at 4:35 p.m. Mass transit service in Maryland was making a slow recovery from the weekend's snowstorm. with light rail offering service to a limited number of stations this afternoon and about 20 percent of local buses operating on primary routes only.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said Baltimore's Metro is continuing to run on the underground part between Mondawmin Mall and Johns Hopkins Hospital -- as it did Saturday -- but she said the aboveground stretch to Owings Mills would be closed all day and into tomorrow. She said a bus shuttle may be in place between Mondawmin and Owings Mills until above-ground service can resume.

Swaim-Staley said the Washington Metro is continuing to operate underground and is working to bring back service on the above-ground rails. Washington Metrobuses were not running Sunday.

Officials were awaiting a decision from the federal government on whether most of its workers will be required to report Monday. But Swaim-Staley said she expects MARC commuter trains to be operating on a holiday schedule, though some of the parking lots may have limited parking because snow hasn't been cleared.

She advised MARC riders to check the Maryland Transit Administration web site,, before leaving for a station tomorrow. Riders of other services can find information there as well.

Read more on Michael Dresser's blog.

Winter Storm Watch posted for region. Again

4:20 p.m.:The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Watch for the region, predicting at least 5 more inches of snow due with a new storm due here on Tuesday. The Watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

Bryan Jackson, NWS meteorologist at Sterling, says this storm will bring more warm air and mixed precipitation into Southern Maryland Tuesday, but the Baltimore area is expected to receive all snow.

Thankfully, this is not another soggy coastal storm coming north from the Carolinas packing loads of moisture and getting more intense as it approaches. Read more on Frank Roylance's Maryland Weather blog.

General Assembly sessions canceled tomorrow

Updated 4:01 p.m.: Meetings and hearings of the Maryland General Assembly have been canceled due to the weekend's snow storm.

All of Monday's hearings as well as the Legislature's 8 p.m. session have been canceled.

Liberal leave will be in effect for state employees.

Associated Press

Drivers going too fast, governor says, who also urges Super Bowl partiers to stay home

Updated 12:52 p.m.: Gov. Martin O'Malley and other state officials say main roads are clear, but are concerned that motorists are driving too fast on some roads, and losing control of their vehicles as they hit bigger patches of snow and ice.

At a noon briefing with the governor, state highway administrator Neil Pederson said crews will need to employ front-end loaders and dump trucks to remove piles of snow up to eight feet high from interstates. But because there is a limited amount of that equipment, the process will be slow.

With the temperature falling into the teens tonight, officials are urging people to watch the Super Bowl at home and refrain from driving to get to parties.

BWI airport remains closed, and while some airlines have not canceled flights today, there are no incoming planes to the airport, said state transportation secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley.

O'Malley said there were about 90,000 homes in Maryland without power, with 56,000 of them in Montgomery County.

A major traffic tie-up is occurring in Prince George's County, where power lines are down across Route 301 between Upper Malboro and Bowie, closing the road to traffic in both directions.

By Michael Dresser

Area schools begin to announce closings

Updated 12:43 p.m.:Carroll, Howard and Harford counties have all announced that schools will be closed on Monday, although no decisions have been made about the rest of the week. Baltimore city and county school officials said they are close to making a decision. City chief operating officer Keith Scroggins said a decision would be made by 3 p.m. at the latest.

Montgomery County schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

By Liz Bowie

Drivers getting back to normal -- too fast

Updated 12:24 p.m.

Maryland drivers who holed up Saturday started venturing out in greater numbers Sunday -- and the state's highway chief said many were going too fast for conditions, leading to spin-outs, stuck vehicles and more traffic obstructions on recently cleared roads.

Traffic appeared to be moving briskly on most of the state's major roads at midday as snow plows were able to clear multiple lanes on interstates. An exception was snake-bitten Interstate 95 near Route 175 -- the scene of a massive hours-long backup Saturday -- where traffic was crawling after two tractor-trailers jack-knifed in successsion.

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