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Evening commute: Snow emergency plan declared in county, workers salt roads

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Several Baltimore-area schools systems and governments dismissed early Tuesday, and transportation workers began salting roads around noon, in anticipation of another bout of freezing rain forecast in the evening.

Public schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties closed early, as did several colleges and universities, including the Community College of Baltimore County, McDaniel College and Loyola University. For an updated list of school closures, go to

State and Baltimore County police declared a Snow Emergency Plan for the county due to roads becoming "hazardous to travel due to icy conditions from scattered sleet and snow." It asked residents "to not travel on roadways and stay at home."

In the city, a UPS truck driver and at least one other vehicle crashed at St. Paul and Centre streets at about 6:45 p.m., police said. An initial report that a pedestrian was involved was incorrect, police spokesman Det. Ruganzu Howard said. No injuries were reported. Centre Street had delays as an ambulance and police responded.

Another car crashed at about 5:30 p.m. into the wall of the northbound Jones-Falls Expressway near Monument Street and had to be towed, causing some delays, but otherwise the city had no reports of major traffic incidents, transportation department spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes said.

"We're asking people to take their time on the wet roads," Barnes said. "If they're home, stay home."

The department of transportation will continue to treat the roads overnight, she said.

Freezing rain is expected to turn into rain at about 10 p.m., and temperatures should rise overnight to the high 40s or even 50s Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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