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Delmarva emerges from heavy snow after winter storm


The snow has stopped falling and the winds have started to ease, but Delmarva continues to clear a heavy blanket of snow after this weekend’s winter storm.

Preliminary National Weather Service inch counts for Maryland and Virginia showed a foot of snow fell on parts of the eastern seaboard.

NWS said the mighty northeast developed between Friday evening and Saturday morning, calling the system a bomb cyclone – another name for the process known as bombogenesis, according to a USA Today report.

As of 8 a.m., Maryland State Troopers had responded to nearly 1,800 calls for service, 190 accidents, and 155 disabled or unattended vehicles across the state during the storm.

Snow emergency plans remained in effect for all nine east coast counties, helping state crews clear roads by prohibiting parking on roads marked as snow emergency lanes.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) warned that drivers were likely to see icy and dangerous road conditions Sunday morning – especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses – as falling nighttime temperatures likely caused wet surfaces to freeze. .

Easton was also blanketed in snow late Friday and early Saturday, prompting many people to stay indoors, mostly away from work trucks.

A special NWS weather report for Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties said Sunday morning temperatures in the teens of up to 20 degrees meant drivers should be mindful of slippery spots and icy patches.

“Allow extra time to reach your destination and avoid sudden stops or accelerations,” the advisory reads.

John Speake of Speake Lawncare LLC said his crew began clearing snow around 2 a.m. Saturday, starting at Sam’s Club in Salisbury and continuing until 8 p.m.

He was back in the plow on Sunday morning.

“There was heavy snow, slush, very icy last night and even this morning there was black ice. Now that the sun is up, hopefully it will start to melt some of the areas that have already been plowed,” he said. noted.

He had a fairly steady stream of phone calls throughout the storm. Speake said the lawn care company has so many commercial properties to manage that it hasn’t been able to begin tackling a list of more than 50 residential properties that need cleaning.

There were so many calls that he even forwarded residential work to friends.

“It’s going to be two solid days of plowing for us, well, really three days,” Speake said.

While the storm was good for business, it was certainly difficult for those unprepared, he noted.

The biggest obstacle Speake has faced in recent days has been the ice.

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Because of how cold it was, he was still getting calls about ice on Sunday morning, even at properties that had been thoroughly cleaned on Saturday because the salt used to treat the roads and parking lots was not working as effectively at such low temperatures.

“You know, it doesn’t melt things like it usually does. I would say that’s really a challenge because usually if we put salt in the day before, you know, the next day a lot of these things have melted” , said Speake. noted.

Salisbury’s state of emergency and snow emergency were lifted at 5pm on Saturday, but crews were still expected to be out on Sunday clearing snow from the town’s streets.

A Saturday evening Facebook post from the city showed that most residential streets had already been cleared of snow, with operations expected to resume in the early hours of Sunday. Anyone whose street has not been attended to as of noon Sunday should call field operations at 410-548-3177 or the police non-emergency line at 410-548-3165.

A plow rolls down the street in Ocean City Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. A northeasterly breeze brought nearly a foot of snow to the resort town overnight Friday through Saturday.

The MDSHA warned that Saturday’s high winds were blowing snow onto already cleared roads, making snow clearing operations difficult.

In Ocean City, authorities issued a travel advisory on Saturday afternoon because many southbound traffic lights on the Coast Road were covered in snow, making it difficult to see if the light was red or green.

Firefighters were about to spray obscured traffic lights with hoses to remove snow and ice.

Anyone who encounters an intersection where the light is not visible should treat it as a four-way stop.

A news release issued Sunday by Ocean City officials showed “blizzard conditions” dropped 12 inches of snow on the city.

With the Department of Public Works and MDSHA working to keep roads clear, all city streets were open and passable as of Sunday and bus service resumed at 8 a.m., but snow removal and sidewalk clearing would continue as needed.

“Please exercise caution and move around if possible to allow crews a safe work area. The Ocean City Fire Department has cleared all southbound traffic lights on Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Ave. , making them visible to drivers again,” the statement read.