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Snow Emergency Plans

WHAT IS A SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN?

A Photo of a Snow Emergency Vehicle

The Maryland State Police (MSP) declares snow emergencies with input from MD State Highway Administration. Once a snow emergency is declared, the law requires certain precautions.

They include:

  • Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes; and
  • The use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary);

Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted.   A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county.  Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect.  A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan.   If the Statewide Operations Center is notified of an exception, we will note these routes as exceptions in our list below.  For the most up to date information, it is advised to call the local MSP barrack for the county.  http://www.mdsp.org/Organization/FieldOperationsBureau/Barracks.aspx



Active Snow Emergencies

Currently there are no Maryland counties in active snow emergency.


Lifted Snow Emergencies

County Date / Time Effective Date / Time Lifted Exceptions
Allegany 11/26/2014 8:30:00 AM 11/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Carroll 11/26/2014 10:30:00 AM 11/26/2014 6:30:00 PM
Frederick 11/26/2014 10:30:00 AM 11/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Garrett 11/26/2014 9:00:00 AM 11/26/2014 7:30:00 PM
Washington 11/26/2014 10:00:00 AM 11/26/2014 6:30:00 PM