More than 1,400 calls for service were made throughout Maryland during the first snowfall of the year.
Maryland State Police tweeted about the surge in calls, and say at least 300 crashes were reported.
As of 7am, @MDSP rec’vd almost 1,400 calls for service, with a total of 305 crashes reported. #drivedefensively and clean snow and ice off of your vehicles before traveling today.— MD State Police (@MDSP) January 14, 2019
In Frederick County, police responded to more than 60 calls, and eight crashes over the weekend.
Police credit those lower numbers to increased coordination with the State Highway Administration and with the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team, or CHART.
Officials add that snowfall over just the weekend days also helped.
“It was certainly advantageous to us because it was on the weekend. We did make provisions this time to improve our road preparations and our responses. We’ve collaborated a lot since the last snowstorm with state highway and with chart,” explained commander of the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack, Lt. Wayne Wachsmuth.
Officials do advise drivers to continue checking road conditions before heading out.