Public schools in Baltimore County, Howard County and Carroll County are closed Monday, while other school systems in the Baltimore area are delayed due to icy road conditions.
Much of Central Maryland was under a winter weather advisory on Sunday, as temperatures dropped and rain continued to fall.
That precipitation, and colder overnight temperatures, has led to slick roads.
All school systems in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties surrounding counties are either closed or opening two hours late. Garrett County schools in Western Maryland are also closed. Some other jurisdictions around the state, as well as some colleges, area also opening on delay. Find the full list here.
Two major crashes were responsible for traffic backups during the morning commute, State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar said.
One happened about 6 a.m., closing three lanes at northbound Interstate 95 at Route 198, near the Howard County-Prince George’s County line, he said. Another closed all lanes about 7:15 a.m. at westbound Route 70 at Route 32 in Friendship, Gischlar said.
“Those are the biggest ones,” he said.
Gischlar encouraged drivers to slow down when they see wet pavement.
“This time of year, when the sun goes down, the pavement temperatures really start to plummet,” Gischlar said. “In wintertime especially, if it looks wet, treat it like it’s black ice.”