Crews had plowed all but 10 miles of secondary roads by Friday afternoon, Raley said, and were working to restore damaged power lines.

State crews also brought fuel to power generators in two communication towers, securing radio communications for emergency personnel. Both state workers and emergency workers from Kansas have been bolstering the county's emergency operations staff of two.

While residents of the mountainous county are accustomed to deep snow, Raley said, they weren't prepared for the thick precipitation that rapidly fell this week.

"We've had huge storms, but we've never had a storm with the magnitude of heavy, wet snow that we have this time," Raley said.

The forecast does bring some relief for Western Maryland — the storm is unlikely to drop any significant snow in the mountains.

And, Pydynowski said, there remains a chance that the nor'easter could veer out to sea and merely graze Maryland's coast.

Baltimore Sun reporters Scott Dance and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf contributed to this article.

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