2014 | News

Police Warn of Slick, Icy Road Conditions, Urge Residents Not to Drive

Fire department spokesman says hospitals on 'Blue Alert,' state police assigning additional troopers to road patrol to deal with minor collisions

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Norfolk Avenue in downtown Bethesda was covered with snow around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Andrew Metcalf

The year’s first snow storm has created a mess on the roads, according to local public safety officials.

Montgomery County Police issued a warning via its Twitter account at 8:54 a.m. saying, “Officers responding to numerous collisions & hazardous road conditions. Roads are slick and icy. Do not drive unless necessary.” Police continued to warn residents not to drive at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile downed power lines on Connecticut Avenue near Dunnel Lane in Kensington led to all but one lane being closed on the road around 6 a.m., police said. Approximately 600 Pepco customers lost power due to the downed lines Tuesday morning in the Kensington area, according to Pepco. Police provided an update around 9:45 a.m. saying Pepco officials were working on the problem and the road reopened around 10 a.m.

Montgomery County hospitals are on “Blue Alert” this morning, meaning emergency rooms are busy, according to fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

Piringer also reported another road closure at New Hampshire Avenue near Oakview Drive in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed. The federal government is open, although employees have the option of taking unscheduled leave or working remotely.

Maryland State Police said this morning extra troopers have been assigned to road patrol today to assist with the “numerous minor crashes” across the state this morning.

As of 11:30 a.m. spotters for the National Weather Service recorded about 3 inches of snow in Bethesda:

Here's the Google Maps traffic map of southern Montgomery County at 10 a.m.: