Minor Accidents, Slick Roads in So. Md.
In Southern Maryland, where the storm dumped more than a foot of snow in many locations, police reported dozens of minor accidents and cars sliding off the road last night and this morning.
St. Mary's County had it the worst: A communications officer with the state police in Leonardtown estimated that dispatchers fielded between 50 and 100 calls about accidents last night and this morning. Some areas had between 14 and 15 inches of wet snow, she said -- the worst kind for rush-hour motorists.
"It's a mess down here, basically," said communications officer Diana Riley. "The main roads are extremely slick."
Snow was still falling around 7:30 a.m., reported Riley. But there was good news from a roads perspective: schools were closed, the county government had instituted its liberal-leave policy and the media coverage had apparently scared people away from their cars.
"I'd definitely say it's a lot fewer vehicles on the road now," Riley said.
State police officers in Calvert and Charles reported fewer accidents, but only slightly less snow. Sgt. Terry Roberson of the state police in La Plata barrack said Charles County had about eight inches, though the southernmost parts had up to a foot.
"Southern Maryland's been hit pretty hard," he said.
Earlier this morning, Charles County police reported light traffic and few crashes.
-- Matt Zapotosky
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