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Rawlings-Blake: Big storm ‘requires patience’

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says Baltimore may have been more prepared for a snowstorm than ever before, but “a storm of this magnitude requires patience.”

Rawlings-Blake said a news briefing Saturday that the city has made many improvements since 2010’s “Snowmageddon,” adding more private contractors to snow clearing efforts. She says it’s a big city and people shouldn’t worry if they haven’t seen plows yet.

Department of Transportation Director William Johnson says all plows are out. He says crews saw snowfall rates of up to 2 inches an hour and another big burst is expected Saturday evening.

Fire Chief Niles Ford says crews have been using Humvees to retrieve some patients. He says there was a fatal fire, but firefighters didn’t have trouble reaching the home and it wasn’t storm-related.