- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Highway Administration says it has 2,400 pieces of equipment ready to treat roads during the next winter storm.

But the agency says road crews will not be pre-treating roads with salt because the storm is expected to start as rain, and the salt would wash away. Highway officials will monitor conditions and deploy road crews as conditions warrant on Thursday.

Officials say drivers should plan ahead make sure their vehicles can maneuver in the snow on Thursday. They say even one abandoned car can cause a traffic jam.

For Thursday’s storm, Maryland is deploying six heavy duty tow trucks in the Baltimore-Washington region to assist disabled truck drivers.

The highway administration has already spent $95 million on winter operations this year and used 285,000 tons of salt.

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