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Montgomery County Is Expecting 1-3 Inches of Snow that Could Impact This Evening’s Commute; Here’s How Residents Can Prepare

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 28, 2022

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Montgomery County through 1 a.m. on Saturday. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected along with temperatures falling below freezing around sundown. These conditions could impact the Friday evening commute.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Highway Services mobilized snow forces and activated the Storm Operations Center at 1 p.m. Friday. County roads were pretreated with salt brine to reduce the need for traditional salt applications. For most applications, brine acts as a bond breaker preventing ice accumulation.

Residents should prepare for winter weather by taking these three steps prior to a storm:

  1. Sign up for Alert Montgomery here. This service is free and allows for emergency alerts to be delivered to email accounts, cell phones, and other wireless devices.
  2. Charge your electronic devices before the storm and keep the following phone numbers handy.


Police/Fire/Ambulance 9-1-1


Police 301—279-8000

County Information and Services 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311

MC311 Call Center TTY 301-251-4850


PEPCO 1-877-737-2662

BG&E 1-877-778-2222

Potomac Edison/First Energy 1-888-544-4877

Washington Gas 703-750-1000

(Smell a strong odor of gas? Leave site and call 9-1-1)

WSSC-Emergencies 301-206-4002

  1. Make an Emergency Kit and Family Plan. Information on preparedness is available here.

While the MCDOT is responsible for clearing 60 miles of sidewalks along County streets, residents are reminded that they are responsible for removing snow and ice on any sidewalk, on or adjacent to the property that the person owns, leases, or manages. This includes walkways in the public right-of-way. Pathways should be wide enough for safe pedestrian and wheelchair passage and should occur within 24 hours after the end of the precipitation that caused the condition. Additional information on sidewalk clearing can be found here.  

More information about snow removal, including who plows specific streets, snow-removal status and submitting service requests, is available on the online snow portal. For storm clearing effort updates, follow @MCDOTNow on Twitter.

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Release ID: 22-073
Media Contact: Emily DeTitta 240-372-2282
Categories: Snow, Transportation