BALTIMORE (WJZ) — We’re heading into the second day of spring, but Mother Nature seems to be operating on her own time table.
A wintry mix changed over to primarily snow for most of the state by late afternoon, coating roads and snarling traffic. A few rounds of this kind of nasty weather are expected to cause a sloppy mess over the next few days.
Many schools are closed Wednesday.
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WJZ’s Meg McNamara’s latest snow fall total map looks like this:
“It takes until late Wednesday night when we finally start to see that pull away from us,” WJZ’s Bob Turk said.
Most of the state, including all of central Maryland, is currently under a Winter Storm Warning.
Maryland State Police say since 8 a.m. Tuesday, troopers have responded to more than 600 calls for service, including 200 for crashes.
Slick, slushy roads from the snow and sleet are keeping emergency crews and tow trucks busy as they responded to dozens of crashes.
Slick conditions are being blamed for a deadly two-car crash in Carroll County on Rt. 97, where Maryland State Police say a 20-year-old woman was killed when she lost control of her car and hit another vehicle.
Transportation officials are warning drivers to use caution on the roads, and to watch for workers who are trying to keep the roads safe.
Highway crews are working 12-hour shifts, spreading salt and brine on the roads.
In Baltimore County, it’s all hands on deck as 400 workers and dozens of contractors work with 90,000 tons of salt to monitor 8,000 roads.
On Wednesday, when the second weather system moves through, most of the region will be under a Winter Storm Watch.
“A pair of low pressure systems today will consolidate into one major coastal storm late tonight and Wednesday,” the National Weather Service says. “Unnecessary travel Wednesday afternoon and evening is strongly discouraged.”
This is the fourth time the East Coast has seen a system like this in a matter of weeks.
To some, Monday’s high of 60 degrees was an unfair tease.
“I’m so tired of this kind of back and forth, I just want to have spring. I want to have magnolias blooming,” Baltimore County resident Suki Parks said.
WJZ’s Jonathan McCall and Kimberly Eiten contributed to this story.
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