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Maryland sends 2,300 crews out to plow snow

HAGERSTOWN — The Maryland State Highway Administration says it has 2,300 crews patrolling and treating state roads with salt as a winter storm moves through the region.

Dan Markel, a State Highway Administration front end loader operator, is shown filling one of the dump trucks Monday March 4, 2013 that are used in Garrett County. Md., for treating the areas roads with salt. (AP Photo/Cumberland Times-News/Steven Bittner)

The agency says it expects the snow to intensify during the day, adding to accumulations that were measured Wednesday morning. There was about 7 inches of snow in Keysers Ridge in the western Maryland mountains and 2 to 3 inches in central Maryland.

Spokeswoman Lora Rakowski snowfall amounts may vary greatly from place to place. Intense snow and high winds could affect visibility, especially in central and northwestern Maryland

Rakowski says officials are urging people not to travel on Wednesday and to keep the roads clear for snow plow drivers.

No major incidents had been reported Wednesday morning.

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