(January 29, 2014) – Another winter storm has traveled through the lower eastern shore, bringing frigid temperatures, wind and snow to the beach. The snow began late in the afternoon yesterday, January 28, and continued through the morning hours today. Ocean City accumulated approximately five inches of snow and experienced sustained winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, and gusts upward of 30 miles per hour.
The Town of Ocean City’s winter storm plan remains in effect as crews and contractors continue cleanup efforts. Liberal leave for Town of Ocean City employees has been authorized for today, Wednesday, January 29, and all Ocean City Recreation and Parks daytime programs have been canceled. In addition, ADA and MEDTRN service has been canceled for today due to the inclement weather.
“We have been working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the path of the winter storm and will continue to work with our state and local partners to clean the snow and clear the roads for our residents and visitors,” said Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald. “Our winter storm plan is in effect and the State has implemented their Snow Emergency Plan. Anyone who is on the roads today should be very cautious.”
The Ocean City Public Works Department is working diligently to clear roadways and parking lots, however; citizens are encouraged to limit travel. If it is essential to travel, drivers should use extra caution and reduce speed if they must be on the road. For more winter driving tips, please use extra caution and follow these winter driving safety tips: http://ocpdmdinfo.blogspot.com/2014/01/ocean-city-under-winter-storm-warning.html.
The Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that ice on ponds, lakes and lagoons is unsafe. “Each year hundreds of people are injured in ice water accidents,” said Ocean City Fire Department Lieutenant and Water Rescue Commander, Del Baker. “Many think that because the bay, pond or other body of water has been frozen for a few days, they can “skate” or play on the ice. It is important to understand that even though the ice may look strong and safe, there is always the danger of falling through the ice and into frigid water.”
With local schools out of session, children are often looking for ways to have fun with friends in the snow. “Walking and playing on ice is inviting and appears to be fun but it is important that children understand the dangers associated with playing on ice,” Baker continued. If you are unsure if a frozen area of the bay, pone or lake is safe, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 1-877-620-8DNR before allowing any activity to take place on the ice.