wtopstaff November 24, 2014 1:29 pm11/24/2014 01:29pm
Planning to travel this Wednesday? Maryland state highway officials say motorists should reconsider.
WASHINGTON – The annual pilgrimage home for Thanksgiving might be a little nastier this Wednesday than years past thanks to a chance for rain and wet snow in the forecast.
And Maryland State Highway Administration officials are urging holiday travelers to consider heading out on a different day.
“Any precipitation in the Baltimore/Washington/Frederick metropolitan areas will create additional delays that were already expected to be significant the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” the state agency says.
Wednesday is expected to start cold with rain, which will then transition into snow in the afternoon, according to ABC7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.
Minor accumulations are expected in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. However the amount of precipitation and how much will accumulate on highways will vary by location. Check out Ricketts’ latest forecast for more details.
Although pavement temperatures are expected to be warm, any prolonged precipitation could create slippery roads even if road crews apply salt or plow, according to the highway administration.
In particular, the administration is asking professional truck drivers to consider staying off the highways Wednesday. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year.
Salt and plow crews will be standing by and traffic patrols will be on the roads to help stranded motorists.
Motorists can call 511 for road information while driving or check out MD511.org or roads.maryland.gov for traffic conditions before hitting the road.