Dec19, FORESTVILLE, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson at noon today declared a state of emergency in the county because of the severity of the snow storm that has hit the region.

Johnson said that it was necessary to declare the state of emergency because so many people failed to heed the warning to remain home during the snow storm. He said that because of the severity of the storm, folks should stay off the roads so emergency road crews can clear the roadways of snow.

As part of the snow emergency plan, all cars must be removed from snow emergency routes, which are posted with designated signs, to avoid being ticketed and/or towed.

Nearly 11 inches of snow has fallen in the county since the beginning of the storm. An additional accumulation of 10 – 12 inches is expected before the snowfall ends, with two inches (2”) of snow falling per hour.

Motorists are asked to stay off roadways until the storm has ended to allow the Department of Public Works and Transportation’s snow plow drivers to clear roadways.

On non-snow emergency routes, residents are asked to park off roadways in driveways or other off-street parking areas. If residents find that they can only park along the roadway, they are requested to park ONLY on the EVEN NUMBERED side of the roadways.

In the event of a medical or other emergency, residents may call the county’s Snow Emergency Information Center at 301.350.0500. Click here for Prince George’s County Snow and Ice Information