Public Works and Transportation

Prince George's County, Maryland

County Prepares for Forecast of Sleet and Freezing Rain

For Immediate Release: 2/4/2014 3:30 PM

Contact: Carol Terry, Public Information Officer, 301-883-5600

LARGO, MD –In anticipation of the sleet and freezing rain forecasted for the Washington Metropolitan area, Prince George’s County will deploy crews this evening to monitor and treat the roadways. County crews will work through the night to treat the primary and major collector roads and then move into the residential areas.

“Forecasters are predicting the possibility of sleet and freezing rain beginning after 9 p.m. tonight, which may cause icy road conditions,” said Darrell Mobley, Acting Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation. “Drivers are encouraged to avoid traveling if at all possible, but if you must drive, plan for extra travel time and be safe.”

Motorists are asked to follow the safety tips listed below when driving on icy roads:

  • Drive slowly and stay alert;
  • Be aware of wet spots on the roadway that could be icy patches, known as “black ice;”
  • Ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze first, so use caution at all times;
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you; and
  • Do not follow the salt or plow trucks.

To report road conditions, residents are encouraged to wait 12 hours after the precipitation has stopped before calling CountyClick 311 or going to the Snow Request Form on the County’s website at