Wintry mix could hamper evening commute

WASHINGTON – Evening commuters could face a wintry mix Wednesday as cold rain threatens to turn into snow showers.

The Maryland State Highway Administration warns drivers that roads will be slippery and to take extra caution. Expect delays.

“Rush hour and snow is a bad combination for commuters and for highway crews,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters in a statement. “This is central Maryland’s first winter weather this season and although it may be light, the timing couldn’t be worse.”

Crews will be out treating the roads with salt, which could impact traffic patterns. The SHA asks commuters to give work trucks enough space to treat roadways.

Drivers can prepare for Wednesday’s snow showers by checking their tire pressure, antifreeze levels and windshield wipers, says AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Ed Kriston. Getting a yearly checkup is also a good idea to avoid making an emergency trip when winter weather hits.

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