Interstates 70 and 270 in Maryland reopened after overnight closure

Maryland authorities reopened two major highways — Interstate 70 and Interstate 270 — after the roads were shut down overnight Saturday, as the deepest snowstorm in Baltimore's history trailed out of the region.

The I-70 closure stretches from the Baltimore Beltway, or I-695, to I-81 in Washington County, while the entirety of I-270 is closed.

"Closing I-70 and I-270 will give us the time needed to deploy all our resources to clear these essential interstates as quickly as possible as we prepare to get our transportation network back up and running," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Saturday. "I am urging all Marylanders to stay off every road in the state, whether it's the interstate or a local road. Stay safe and stay at home while crews do their jobs."

The closure was an effort to avoid widespread back-ups after a series of accidents, some involving tractor-trailers, mostly in the western part of the state, Clark said.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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