- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says city offices will be closed Monday for nonessential employees following an unprecedented winter storm.

At a news conference Sunday evening, the mayor urged residents to stay off Baltimore’s streets as agencies work to clear 29 inches of snow that blanketed the city over the weekend.

Department of Transportation Director William Johnson says roughly 90 percent of primary streets have been cleared. But many smaller, narrower neighborhood roads remain blocked. Johnson says the city has registered 133 additional contractors to work in those areas, and said the city has roughly 7,000 tons of salt.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says the department has responded to more than 50 accidents since 5 a.m. Sunday, and it isn’t yet time for residents to drive on the still-slippery streets.

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