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Snow may make evening commute difficult

The State Highway Administration is encourages drivers to be cautious during this evening's commute.

While only 1 to 2 inches of snow are expected but current forecasts show precipitation falling between 4 and 9 p.m., which could result in major delays if motorists do not adjust their evening commute schedules, according to a news release from SHA.

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The timing of the storm presents problems because SHA trucks will be in the same traffic as everyone else and unable to treat roads, making rush hour not only messy but increasing chances for collisions.

"We need motorists to be part of the solution. Leaving work at your normal departure time could significantly add to your commute," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters in a prepared release. "We implore drivers to alter their travel plans to be safe and avoid extensive delays in frigid temperatures and bad weather."

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SHA officials said motorists should travel later this afternoon and early evening, and keep in mind that visibility may be dramatically reduced, so be sure to use headlights. Maryland law requires headlight use when wipers are in use.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory which will remain in effect until 9 p.m. this evening. A wind chill advisory is now in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. Winds up to 25 mph are predicted with gusts around 30 mph tonight into Thursday. Highs will be in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees. Lows tonight are expected to be in the single digits.

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