A travel advisory has been declared in Maryland.
The state Department of Transportation (MDOT) said Thursday that its travel advisory system will be switched over to the National Weather Service (NWS) next month, a change that will allow for more accurate and reliable predictions of weather conditions.
The travel advisory is one of the first to switch over to NWS data, but it is the first time the system will have a complete set of data, according to MDOT.
The travel advisory data is also a step closer to the public.
The Maryland Travel Advisory Council has recommended changes to the travel advisory process, which is currently being reviewed by the MDOT and will include recommendations for how the advisory system should be structured and used.”MDOT has been working diligently with NWS and the public to develop and implement a comprehensive system to ensure the advisories are accurate and timely,” MDOT spokeswoman Jennifer McEachern said in a statement.
“As soon as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) completes their research, MDOT will evaluate the system and make a decision about whether to continue operating this system.”
In the meantime, the advisory will be updated with forecasts and other information from the NWS.
MDOT said that NWS weather data will continue to be used.
It said that Marylanders will also be able to submit reports and provide other information through its online weather portal.
The Maryland Travel Alert is one out of thousands of travel advisories issued nationwide.
It is designed to notify people of possible weather conditions, particularly when travel is expected.
Maryland is one in seven states that have issued travel advisory warnings, according the Maryland Department of Public Health and the Maryland Public Health Association.
It has about 3.3 million advisories, and more than 700,000 of them are issued every day.
Maryland has issued travel advisory warnings for extreme cold and heat events since April 1, 2016.
The first advisory was issued in February, and the latest advisory was last updated on Aug. 25, according MDOT data.
The National Weather Forecast Service has issued warnings for several major weather events, including heat waves, extreme storms, wildfires and flooding.