Update: Three inches of snow on the ground; officials urge drivers to stay off the roads
BY REBECCA BENNETT — Updated at 5:29 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Sunday that includes snow accumulation of four to six inches Saturday. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) urges urging travelers to stay off the roads this afternoon and evening as moderate to heavy snow is falling across the region, with sleet and freezing rain expected later tonight. SHA says its crews will plow and salt through the day and tonight.
According to Prince George’s County, the county’s snow emergency plan has been activated.
“Motorists should not be out unless it is an absolute emergency,” says SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “With the intense rate of snowfall, we are seeing roads become snow covered shortly after our plows have cleared the lanes. People who are traveling are becoming stuck and average travel speeds are well below 20 mph. Crews will only be able to get highways to bare pavement well after precipitation ends.”
Prince George’s County officials said the Department of Public Works and Transportation activated a full deployment Saturday at 11 a.m., which included 250 vehicles to treat county roads.
The county said it is asking residents to park on the even-numbered sides of residential streets or in their driveways to assist the crews in clearing the roadways. “Final plowing on residential roadways will not occur until after the snow ends. … Residents are reminded to shovel their driveways after plowing has occurred and to remove snow/ice from the sidewalks abutting their homes and businesses,” county officials said.
The City of Hyattsville said, “Public Works Crews are on duty monitoring road conditions and treating road surfaces as needed.”
The city also canceled Saturday’s Under the Big Top Parent/Child Dance, which has been rescheduled for March 7.
The Hyattsville Preservation Association rescheduled today’s folk/children’s music event. It has been rescheduled to Feb. 28.
artdc’s Big 10 x 5 reception has been reschedule for Feb. 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Both Hyattsville and Takoma Park Big Bad Woof locations will be closing today at 4:00 p.m “Please call the store before you come out. If things change we may close earlier or stay open later. Everyone please be safe today,” according to the store.
Community Forklift and Tanglewood Works are both closed.
The Hyattsville Branch Library is closed.
Busboys and Poets says it does not have any plans to close early at this time, and it’s scheduled to stay open until midnight.
Franklin’s Restaurant, General Store and Brewery is currently still open and said, “The safety of our employees and guests is our number one priority. We will be closely monitoring road conditions and weather forecasts to determine if we will need to close early. Please check back here or call the restaurant for updates.”
All Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation evening activities are canceled as of 6 p.m. All facilities close at 7 p.m. All rentals will go as scheduled.
The Youth Praise Dance event at Public Playhouse is rescheduled for Saturday, March 7th, 6 p.m.
The demonstration at DC Glassworks scheduled for 5:30 p.m. is going on as scheduled.
Metrobus service is subject to delays of 60-90 minutes systemwide due to weather/road conditions.
Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store is closing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.