Drivers were urged to use caution Sunday and into Monday morning as temperatures are expected to again dip below freezing after much of Maryland began thawing out from 5 to 10 inches of snow.
Matt Elliott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said roadways could be dangerous as surfaces will take time to warm up following a week of extremely low temperatures.
Public schools systems in the Baltimore metro area delayed opening on Monday. For a full list of school delays, visit bsun.md/snowday.
Saturday's fast-moving snowstorm left drivers stranded across Baltimore. The city transportation department reported relocating more than 150 vehicles off Baltimore streets and on Sunday continued responding to additional reports of abandoned cars, said William M. Johnson, the city's transportation director.
Drivers who abandoned a vehicle should call 311 for information on where it was moved. City officials warned that drivers will incur towing costs and traffic citations starting Monday.
City crews on Sunday focused on plowing turn lanes, clearing streets to the curb and moving any remaining abandoned vehicles, as the third straight 12-hour shift kicked in. Johnson said the city is spending between $50,000 to $60,000 an hour clearing and treating roads, which included spreading 5,700 tons of salt.
Temperatures hit the low to mid 40s on Sunday but were expected to dip back below freezing around midnight.
The Monday high should reach the mid-20s. By Tuesday, the temperatures are expected to drop back to the low teens as arctic air from Canada moves in, Elliott said.
Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said the agency was working on clearing the drains and inlets to allow the melting snow to leave the roadways.
Gischlar encouraged drivers to keep windshield fluid with them and asked drivers to clear off the roofs and hoods of their vehicles. Slushy snow not cleared from a vehicle can turn into a solid block of ice, which can damage other people's vehicles or injure them.
Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport was open and operational Sunday with moderate delays and cancellations, said airport spokesman Jonathan Dean who
encouraged travelers to check with their airlines for updated information.
Meanwhile, crews from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. continued to work on spotty outages throughout the region that left dozens without power from downed tree limbs and damaged equipment.
BWI, the point of record for the Baltimore area, got 6.1 inches. The official snow fall total in downtown Baltimore was 7.5 inches, according to the weather service. The Pimlico neighborhood saw 9 inches.
Seven inches fell in Towson compared with 9 inches in Perry Hall. Ten inches fell in Cockeysville, Bel Air and Westminster. One of Maryland's highest totals was 13 inches in Patuxent River State Park.
When most people were still sleeping Sunday morning, Larry Kovacs was just getting off work at 5 a.m. Kovacs, a Federal Hill resident who works at the port of Baltimore, helped out a friend whose landscaping company was hired to dig out commercial parking lots. The snow plow driver worked Saturday and overnight Sunday clearing parking lots at Walgreens drugstores and U.S. Postal Service branches in Kingsville, Perry Hall, Middle River and Essex.
The storm marked the first time this winter that Kovacs has been called on to drive a plow.
"This winter's been pretty light … but usually March is when we get hit the worst," he said, predicting, "There's still more to come."
By mid-morning Sunday, Towson University sophomore Emily Marshall had finished clearing the plowed-in snow behind her car in her Rodgers Forge apartment complex when she decided to keep the momentum going. Clad in a university sweatshirt, she moved on to her roommate's car, also in the lot, then shoveled around a car parked on the street belonging to her roommate's friend.
"I was going to go to church — now I'm not," said Marshall, who started shoveling at 9 a.m. before realizing she'd never make a 10 a.m. mass.
The city's health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, extended the Code Blue alert through 10 a.m. Wednesday, activating additional resources for the homeless. Six weather-related deaths have been reported this winter.
Health officials have issued seven Code Blue alerts, spanning 25 days. That's compared with 34 Code Blue days last year.
"People need to take this very seriously. Extreme cold weather can and does kill," Wen said in a statement.