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Warning: Md. road snow closures may come quickly

Maryland State Police and transportation officials just warned that they will move much more swiftly on Tuesday night than they did over the weekend to close highways and major roadways if conditions become treacherous.

State Police Col. Terence B. Sheridan and Maryland transportation secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley said too many jack-knifed tractor trailers and disabled vehicles complicated plowing operations and led to backups that endangered additional drivers during the worst of the storm on Friday night and Saturday.

They said the state wouldn't let the same situation arise again, especially since there is less room along roadsides to pile snow and deal with accidents.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said his office has made a request of truckers' associations in Maryland to tell their members to stay off the road.

He also urged patience with politicians over snow removal, saying "There is no city or county government that is geared up to move all of this now" as quickly as people would like.

Click here to read more from his news conference.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 9, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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