Moderate Snowfall Closes Down Region

CALIFORNIA, Md. (December 16, 2010) — Moderate snowfall across the region has slowed or shutdown much of the tri-county area. Approximately 2-inches have accumulated in the Callaway area as of 3:00 p.m. Forecasts call for an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.

Public schools in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties were all closed today.

The Charles County Government closed at noon, along with the Tri-County Animal Shelter, Charles County Landfill, Transfer Station, and Recycling Centers.

VanGO fixed route services are set to terminate early Thursday evening. All routes operating from the 301 park-and-ride in Waldorf will begin their last trip at 5 p.m. by request. All routes operating from the La Plata transfer point will begin their last trip at 5:30 p.m. by request. All routes are expected to begin on time in the morning tomorrow, Friday, December 17.

The Maryland State Police also announced that the Snow Emergency Plan went into effect for Charles County at 2:00 p.m.

Calvert County government offices closed at 1:00 p.m.

Most government function in St. Mary's County closed at noon or later.

Officials ceased STS Transit bus service at noon. All activities for Senior Activity Centers were also canceled.

All programs were canceled for the day and evening at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, Gymnastics Center, Public Schools and Carver, Hollywood, Leonard Hall and Margaret Brent Recreation Centers.

The St. Mary's County Circuit Court in the Leonardtown Courthouse closed at 1 p.m. The St. Mary's County Health Department closed at 2 p.m. and the St. Mary's County Libraries closed at 3 p.m.

Numerous private and public functions scheduled for late afternoon through the evening were either postponed or canceled.

The storm is expected to taper off tonight and bring sunny skies on Friday with a high around 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

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