Laurel woke up to a winter wonderland Saturday, with close to 14 inches of snow already on the ground and more snow blowing and falling toward what the National Weather Service predicts will be an additional 11 inches of accumulation for the day.
"We have about 32 people working round the clock, and Public Works crews plowed through the night," Mayor Craig Moe said Saturday morning.
Moe said the first priority is clearing roads that are designated as snow emergency routes; then Laurel Department of Public Works plows will start to clear secondary road. Plows were called back to the snow emergency roads in an effort to keep them clear, which means the secondary roads might not get plowed until later today, Moe said.
"We've got a lot of snow continuing to come down," Moe said. "We went back to the snow emergency routes because the snow was coming down at a rate we couldn't keep up with."
Moe said his biggest concern as the weekend blizzard continues is the effect of wind on some of the city's older trees, which are vulnerable for getting knocked down, and could take power lines with them.
To report a power outage or downed lines, call BGE at 877-778-2222, or report online at bge.com.
Laurel residents who have non-emergency issues can call the city's Emergency Operations Center at 301-725-5300 to get connected to resources available for help.
While there has not been any significant power outages in Laurel, thunder and lighting has been reported. Moe said cars have been stuck on Route 1, Contee Road and Van Dusen Road during the storm.
"Stay off the road, stay at home," Moe said.
The mayor also reminded residents to follow these safety rules: Use generators away from homes, do not use kerosene heaters in a house and make sure smoke detectors have fresh batteries.