12-JAN-2019: Snow: What the local Governments say...

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WINTER WEATHER TO AFFECT MARYLAND THIS WEEKEND
Crews Pretreating Roads with Salt Brine Ahead of Storm
(January 11, 2019) – Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) crews are actively preparing for a winter storm approaching Maryland from the south. Contractor crews are pretreating roads with salt brine and readying snow removal equipment in anticipation of winter operations Saturday and Sunday.

Forecast models call for most of Maryland to be affected by the storm, with heavier accumulations in southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. The storm’s arrival on a weekend when traffic volumes are significantly lower than work days is positive, but drivers are still reminded to be safe and vigilant on the roads.

With pretreating complete by Saturday, crews will begin staging Saturday evening, so a rapid deployment can be implemented once precipitation begins. MDOT SHA and contractor crews will continue to work until all lanes and shoulders are clear. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel and get errands complete before the storm begins late Saturday.

MDOT SHA has launched the Statewide Transportation Operations Resources Map (STORM) web application for citizens to track MDOT SHA winter operations in real-time with a 30-minute history. For access to MDOT SHA winter fact sheets and other valuable information, click here.

Additionally, MDOT SHA will pre-position heavy-duty wreckers in strategic locations known to be challenging to commercial vehicles. Should a tractor trailer become disabled, the wreckers can respond immediately and free the truck, so crews can continue to treat the pavement efficiently and effectively. Should the storm produce six or more inches of snow, MDOT SHA offers certain park-and-rides to truckers to ride out the storm. Click here for a list of locations.

For motorists who travel, “Take It Slow on Ice and Snow,” and remember that speed limits are set for ideal (dry) conditions. Drivers are also reminded to not pass snow plows. The safest place to be is in the back of a snow plow or plow trains.

MDOT SHA encourages motorists to keep a sharp eye on the weather conditions and plan accordingly for the afternoon commute. Crews will be treating roads alongside hundreds of thousands of motorists during the afternoon commute, which makes treating roads during the storm challenging.
 

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St. Mary's County Government Operational Status for January 12, 2019

A winter storm warning is in effect for St. Mary's County. The National Weather Service is forecasting a total snowfall accumulation of between 5 and 6 inches for St. Mary's County between 7 p.m. Saturday evening and 1 p.m. Sunday. Drivers are urged to stay off the roads. However, if travel is necessary, caution should be exercised as travel will be extremely dangerous during this time.


The following delays and schedule changes will be in effect for Saturday, January 12:


Ø All St. Mary's County Public Schools facilities will close at 6 p.m. Facilities will be closed Sunday, January 13.


Ø All Recreation and Parks programs and facilities will close at 6 p.m. All Recreation and Parks programs in the Public Schools are cancelled for Sunday, January 13.


Ø STS Transit service will cease operations at 6 p.m.


Ø The six (6) Convenience Centers and St, Andrews Landfill will close at 6 p.m.


Ø The program scheduled to take place at the Northern Senior Activity Center at 9 a.m. will take place as scheduled.


Ø All St. Mary's County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown & Lexington Park) will observe normal Saturday hours.
 

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Crews Respond and Stage Across the State As First Snow Flakes Fall

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION RESPONDS TO WINTER STORM; CURRENT FORECAST CALLS FOR INCREASED ACCUMULATING SNOW


Crews Pretreated Roads with Salt Brine Ahead of Storm; Crews Respond and Stage Across the State As First Snow Flakes Fall


(January 12, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has activated its Emergency Operations Center and positioned crews across Maryland to monitor and respond to winter precipitation forecasted today through tomorrow. A winter storm warning is now in effect throughout the State with higher snow accumulations than previously forecasted. Crews pretreated roads with salt brine and have readied snow removal equipment and supplies for rapid deployment.


"MDOT SHA encourages motorists to keep a sharp eye on the weather conditions and plan accordingly for afternoon and evening travel; we urge motorists to limit travel so that crews can safely treat roadways effectively," said Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administrator Greg Slater. "We will be working through the night and through the duration of the storm to keep the roads safe."


Forecast models call for most of Maryland to be affected by the storm, with heavier accumulations in southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. The storm's arrival on a weekend when traffic volumes are significantly lower than work days is positive, but drivers are still reminded to treat the storm seriously, stay safe and remain vigilant if travel is necessary.


With pretreating complete by Saturday morning, crews will begin staging Saturday evening, so a rapid deployment can be implemented once precipitation begins. MDOT SHA and contractor crews will continue to work until all lanes and shoulders are clear. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel and get errands complete before the storm begins late Saturday.


MDOT SHA has launched the Statewide Transportation Operations Resources Map (STORM) web application for citizens to track MDOT SHA winter operations in real-time with a 30-minute history. For access to MDOT SHA winter fact sheets and other valuable information, click here.


Additionally, MDOT SHA will pre-position heavy-duty wreckers in strategic locations known to be challenging to commercial vehicles. Should a tractor trailer become disabled, the wreckers can respond immediately and free the truck, so crews can continue to treat the pavement efficiently and effectively. Should the storm produce six or more inches of snow, MDOT SHA offers certain park-and-rides to truckers to ride out the storm. Click here for a list of locations.


For motorists who travel, "Take It Slow on Ice and Snow," and remember that speed limits are set for ideal (dry) conditions. Drivers are also reminded to not pass snow plows. The safest place to be is in the back of a snow plow or plow trains.


Motorists are urged to monitor the forecast as threat levels can change throughout the day and visit md511.maryland.gov for real-time travel alerts and conditions.
 

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St. Mary's County Government Operational Status for Sunday, January 13

The winter storm warning for St. Mary's County has been extended to 6 p.m. Sunday. Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch are expected. Travel could be very difficult due to snow covered and slippery roads. Drivers are urged to postpone all unnecessary travel until the storm has concluded and State and county road crews have had an opportunity to plow the roads.


The following delays and schedule changes will be in effect for Sunday, January 13:


Ø All St. Mary's County Public Schools facilities will be closed. All activities are cancelled.


Ø All Recreation and Parks programs, both operating in the Public Schools and in Recreation and Parks facilities, are cancelled.


Ø All Recreation and Parks facilities will be closed.


Ø STS Transit bus service is cancelled for January 13.


Ø The six (6) Convenience Centers will be closed (St. Andrews Landfill is always closed on Sundays.)


Ø All College of Southern Maryland campuses will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 and remain closed on Sunday, January 13.
 

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Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary's

The Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary's County has been placed into effect on January 12, 2019 at 1830 hours. The projected forecast and the potential for quick accumulation of snow was the main factor in implementing the plan. Road conditions will be closely monitored and the Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted when the roads are safe for travel. While in effect, motorists are reminded of the following:


- Travel on snow emergency routes: A person may not drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect, unless the vehicle is equipped with chains or snow tires on at least one wheel at each end of a driving axle.


- Parking on snow emergency routes: A person may not park a vehicle on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect. The Department of State Police or the police of any political subdivision of this State may have any vehicle parked in violation of this subsection towed from the highway.


The snow emergency plan will remain in effect until further notice.
 

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NAS Patuxent River Operating under Delayed Opening/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status

NAS Patuxent River Operating under Delayed Opening/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status due to Weather Sunday, Jan. 13.

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – NAS Patuxent River will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019. NAS Patuxent River is continuing to monitor the weather and will reassess the base's operational status as conditions develop.

Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled Sunday, January 13. Civil service employees designated non-critical who choose to report to work will be granted admin leave for the hours before the set delayed opening time. Civil service employees may take a combination of unscheduled leave, telework and/or leave without pay (LWOP) for the entire day. Civil service employees choosing not to use a combination of unscheduled annual leave, telework, and/or LWOP should report to work at 10 a.m. Sunday, January 13. Check with your command for specific guidance. Contract employees should contact their company for guidance.
 
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Snow Emergency plan is now in effect for Calvert County. Roads are becoming snow covered and slippery. If you must drive use caution.
 

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Snow emergency plan activated for calvert county

The Maryland State Police has activated the Snow Emergency Plan for Calvert County effective at 2130 hours on January 12, 2019. Current weather conditions and/or forecasts indicate that normal vehicular travel is or will become extremely dangerous. Motorists are encouraged to stay off of the roadways. This will allow emergency services and State Highway Administration (SHA) personnel to quickly respond to incidents and clear the roadways to prepare them for normal vehicular travel.


While the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, motorists are reminded of the following:


--- Travel on snow emergency routes - A person may not drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect, unless the vehicle is equipped with chains or snow tires on at least one wheel at each end of a driving axle.


--- Parking on snow emergency routes - A person may not park a vehicle on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect. The Department of State Police or the police of any political subdivision of this State may have any vehicle parked in violation of this subsection towed from the highway


Road conditions will be closely monitored and the Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted when the roads are safe for normal vehicular travel. Drivers can view the latest road conditions on SHA’s website at www.roads.maryland.gov and clicking “CHART.” Travelers may obtain the latest free traffic and weather information by calling 5-1-1 from a landline or a handsfree mobile device or by logging onto www.MD511.org. Maryland’s 511 service now offers free text and email alerts for most travelled routes through 511Direct – simply register and set your routes and preferences on-line.
 

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RELEASE #190113_2 January 13, 2019


UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Operating under Restricted Access/Telework Status due to Weather January 13, 2019


NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – NAS Patuxent River has Restricted Access for all but Critical Personnel due to weather conditions January 13, 2019. Only critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Non-critical personnel should not report to work. Admin leave is granted for civil service employees designated non-critical. Civil service employees scheduled to telework and those with situational telework agreements should telework unless circumstances prevent it. Check with your command for specific guidance. Contract employees should contact their company for guidance.


NAS Patuxent River will reevaluate the operational status of the base and provide an update once the snow has stopped.
 

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Lexington Park Library to Remain Closed

Due to inclement weather the Lexington Park branch of the St. Mary's County Library will be closed today (Sunday, January 13, 2019).
 

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While the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, motorists are reminded of the following:


--- Travel on snow emergency routes - A person may not drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect, unless the vehicle is equipped with chains or snow tires on at least one wheel at each end of a driving axle.
Snow emergency plans do not affect the driving of motorcycles?
 

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RELEASE #190113_2 January 13, 2019


UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Operating under Restricted Access/Telework Status due to Weather January 13, 2019


NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - NAS Patuxent River has Restricted Access for all but Critical Personnel due to weather conditions January 13, 2019. Only critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Non-critical personnel should not report to work. Admin leave is granted for civil service employees designated non-critical. Civil service employees scheduled to telework and those with situational telework agreements should telework unless circumstances prevent it. Check with your command for specific guidance. Contract employees should contact their company for guidance.


NAS Patuxent River will reevaluate the operational status of the base and provide an update once the snow has stopped.
 

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Calvert County Government Offices to Open at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14

Calvert County Government offices will open at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, due to inclement weather, with liberal leave in effect. Employees must contact their supervisors.


Circuit and district courts will also open at 10:30 a.m. with liberal leave in effect. Employees must contact their supervisors to request liberal leave.


--- The Appeal Landfill will open at 10:30 a.m. and all Calvert County convenience centers will open at 10:30 a.m.


--- Calvert County public libraries will open at 10:30 a.m.


--- Calvert County Circuit Court AND Calvert County District Court will open at 10:30.


--- County parks and community centers will open at 10:30 a.m. and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will open at 10:30 a.m. Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will remain closed.


--- Transportation services will begin at 10:30 a.m.


--- Calvert County Health Department offices will open at 10:30 a.m.


--- County senior centers will open at 10:30 a.m.


"Government officials will reassess conditions in the morning and make a further determination on whether a change in closure status is warranted," said Director of Public Safety Jackie Vaughan.


The Calvert County Department of Public Safety urges residents to avoid driving today while crews work to clear snow. If travel is absolutely necessary, drivers are urged to take extra precautions and take their time on the roads.
 

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NAS PAXRVR As of 6:30 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019

As of 6:30 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019, NAS Patuxent River remains in an operational status of Restricted Access for all but Critical Personnel due to weather conditions throughout the remainder of Sunday, January 13, 2019. For the remainder of Sunday, January 13, 2019 only critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Non-critical personnel should not report to work. Admin leave is granted for civil service employees designated non-critical. Civil service employees scheduled to telework and those with situational telework agreements should telework unless circumstances prevent it. Check with your command for specific guidance. Contract employees should contact their company for guidance.


NAS Patuxent River will continue to monitor weather conditions overnight, and expects to release an updated operational status for Monday, January 14 between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.
 

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Charles County Government will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14

Due to inclement weather, Charles County Government will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 with the liberal leave policy in effect for all non-essential employees. Essential personnel and employees required to maintain operations during inclement weather are to report to work as scheduled.


Monitor the latest closings, visit http://www.CharlesCountyMd.gov/closures
 

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Calvert County Government Offices Close Monday, Jan. 14, Due to Winter Weather

Calvert County Government offices will close today, Monday, Jan. 14, due to the overnight snowfall and continued frigid temperatures that add to dangerous driving conditions.


The Calvert County Department of Public Safety urges all citizens to stay off the roads this morning until crews can adequately clear and treat them. The following Calvert County services are affected by the closure:


--- All Calvert County Government offices and the circuit and districts courts are closed Jan. 14.


--- County bus service is not available Jan. 14.


--- All county Parks & Recreation activities, rentals and programs are canceled for Jan. 14.


--- The county's community centers, nature center, parks, the Chesapeake Hills Golf Course and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center are closed Jan. 14.


--- County convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill are closed Jan. 14.


--- The Solomons Visitor Center, Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and all Calvert County libraries are closed today.


--- All Health Department offices are closed.
 

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Anne Arundel County Government

Due to the inclement weather, Anne Arundel County Government has declared liberal leave policy in effect for Monday, January 14. The County will operate under normal business hours but county employees may use liberal (unscheduled) leave.


Trash and recycling curbside pickup will operate normally as scheduled.


Most parts of Anne Arundel County received more than eight inches of snow. Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works crews deployed 252 plow crews (72 county-owned and 180 contractors) to clear more than 6,700 county maintained roads. Crews will continue to work overnight.


Information about snow removal efforts and what residents can expect is available on the county's Snow Information webpage: http://www.aacounty.org/snow
 

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St. Mary's County Circuit and District Courts to Remain Closed

Due to weather conditions, the St. Mary's County Circuit and District Courthouses will be closed on Monday, January 14, 2019.
 

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St. Mary's County Government Operational Status Update for January 14

The following is an updated list of closures and schedule changes for St. Mary's County Government effective Monday, January 14:


--- All St. Mary's County Administrative Offices and Metropolitan Commission offices are closed


--- All St. Mary's County Public Schools will be closed for students. Code 3 for employees.


--- Non-Public School transportation is cancelled


--- All Recreation and Parks programs operating in the Public Schools is cancelled


--- Recreation and Parks facilities are closed


--- STS Transit will begin operations at 2 p.m.


--- The six (6) Convenience Centers and St, Andrews Landfill are closed


--- All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) are closed


--- All St. Mary's County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown & Lexington Park) are closed


--- St. Mary's County Circuit Courthouse and District Courthouse are closed


--- All College of Southern Maryland campuses are closed


--- NAS Pax River will remain in restricted access on January 14 for all but Critical Personnel.
 

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The Maryland State Police has lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Calvert County effective at 1030 hours on 01/13/2019. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution while driving as they may quickly encounter different road conditions throughout Calvert County.
 
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