At BWI — the plows are ready for the snow

February 12, 2014
Some of the equipment that officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be using to keep runways cleared as the region awaits Wednesday evening's snowstorm. (Photo courtesy: BWI)
Some of the equipment that officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be using to keep runways cleared as the region awaits Wednesday evening’s snowstorm. (Photo courtesy: BWI)

The snow is coming!

According to the most recent update from The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, the flakes should begin falling in the D.C. region around 7 p.m. We’re looking at five to 10 inches in the D.C. Metro area; more if you live out west and less in the east. Already, D.C. and Montgomery County have declared “snow emergencies.”

Area airports are also busy preparing for what is expected to be a busy night of plowing. Even if thousands of flights have been cancelled, the runways must be cleared. In advance of the snowstorm, officials at BWI held a media availability to show off some of the state-of-the-art equipment they’ll be deploying. Here are a few shots:

Part of BWI's snow clearing fleet. The airport is anticipating a busy night of work ahead for crews. (Photo courtesy of BWI)
Part of BWI’s snow clearing fleet. The airport is anticipating a busy night of work ahead for crews. (Photo courtesy of BWI)

If you are scheduled to fly, be sure to check with your airline. The region’s airports will also be posting updates. For more information, check out our earlier post.

If all this talk of snow has you longing for a place that’s warm and sunny, the airport offered this tidbit:

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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Lori Aratani · February 12, 2014