A large amount of snow blanketed the Baltimore area yesterday, causing major problems on roads north and south of the Beltway.
Forecasters were predicting a dusting to three inches of snow. As most of us realized yesterday, it was more like 6-10 inches.
The major problem was that State Highway Administration crews apparently were not prepared. At noon, as I was on 695 traveling east toward White Marsh, it became very clear that road crews had not been out — there was no salt, sand or plowing. Snow began around 10, and it was sticking very well to the cold roadways.
I would have thought that 95 North of the Beltway would have been better, but I was wrong.
Numerous cars spun out, down embankments, in the medians. I saw about 4 accidents and probably 13 cars spun out in my short trip to Abingdon. I have a heavy SUV and it handles very well in the snow, but even I found my wheels losing their grip as I traveled slowly north.
As I was meeting with sellers and listing a great property in the St Clair neighborhood of Abingdon (it will be online in a few days — stay tuned!), the snow continued to fall quickly. At 3 pm I went to leave.