OXON HILL— Snow caused delays and cancellations late last week, but more winter weather could be on the way. According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather alert went into effect on Tuesday afternoon and continued into the evening. The National Weather Service also placed a winter storm watch on the county for Wednesday […]
OXON HILL— Snow caused delays and cancellations late last week, but more winter weather could be on the way.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather alert went into effect on Tuesday afternoon and continued into the evening. The National Weather Service also placed a winter storm watch on the county for Wednesday and Thursday, with estimates of snow on Tuesday evening, rain on Wednesday and more snow coming on Thursday.
Prince George’s County Public Schools cancelled all evening events, resulting in the delay of all county playoff basketball games.
The storm follows another storm that took place late last week. The Department of Public Works made preparations, residents still had to hunker down in their homes Thursday morning because of snowfall that started in the early morning.
Snowfall totals reached as much as 3.1 inches in Oxon Hill, according to a spokesman from the National Weather Service, and as much as 1.3 inches in Adelphi.
The northern part of the county got the least amount of snow according to Paulette Jones, a special assistant director from the Department of Public Works and Transportation, while the southern portion of the county got hit the hardest.
“To the north of Prince George’s County, there was a little less,” Jones said. “That’s kind of different into the south. I believe the snow totals were probably, depending on the area, 1 to 3 inches.”
DPW&T began mobilizing and treating the roads with salt trucks at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, Jones said, before the snow began to fall. They continued to treat the roads throughout the morning and covered all of the main roadways in the county.
Jones said the department did not have any trouble handling the storm on Thursday morning, treating the roads as they would for any storm.
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“Prince George’s County warns drivers to be prepared for the possibility of delays during their commute on Thursday morning,” DPW&T Director Darrell Mobley said before the storm. “Motorists are encouraged to add extra travel time, drive slowly and use caution when driving on the overpasses, ramps and bridges as they tend to freeze first.”
The county asked residents to park on the even-numbered sides of residential streets or in their driveways, according to Carol Terry, public information officer for the department. Terry also asked residents to shovel their driveways after plowing has occurred and to remove snow or ice from the sidewalks adjoining their homes and businesses. Jones said the treatment continued after the snow stopped falling because the department still has to treat areas that could become problematic as temperatures drop throughout the day. Jones said there are some residential areas that still need to be treated.
“We’re actually starting another full shift because we may have some hot spots—especially out on bridges and some of the residential areas,” Jones said. “We continue to work those areas and monitor the conditions there.”
Jones said because the forecast is calling for more precipitation on Friday morning, they will go forward with the same process Thursday night into Friday morning.
“Although it may seem fine, if the snow total is one inch that is still enough to create a bit of a problem on the roadways, especially during rush hour traffic.”