Crashes, school closures and warnings of black ice after morning precipitation across Baltimore region

Many schools across the Baltimore region canceled classes Wednesday morning, and authorities asked drivers to delay morning trips, if possible, due to a glaze of ice that covered cars, roads and sidewalks.

As temperatures rise to 40 degrees Wednesday, rain is expected to continue, thanks to the same low-pressure system responsible for the freezing rain overnight. About a tenth of an inch of ice could still accumulate during the day, the National Weather Service warned.

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The State of Maryland announced a statewide liberal leave for employees, in effect until 11 a.m., and Baltimore County government offices planned to open late, at 11:30 a.m.

Maryland State Police said troopers were responding to multiple crashes on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County between the Beltway and the Pennsylvania border Wednesday morning.

The Baltimore County snow emergency plan — which requires vehicles traveling on the roads to be equipped with snow or all-weather radial tires or chains and prohibits parking on designated snow emergency routes — is in place, State Police said.

“Continue to be cautious,” the agency tweeted. “Stay off the roads if you can.”

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