Area Starts Shutdown in Anticipation of Impending Snow - Southern Maryland Headline News

Area Starts Shutdown in Anticipation of Impending Snow

CALIFORNIA, Md. (January 25, 2011) — Organizations across the area are altering their schedules in anticipation of snow forecast to start later this afternoon. The National Weather Service is calling for rain this afternoon, turning to all snow, with the heaviest accumulation (2 to 5 inches) expected between 4pm and 10pm.

More than 1,100 people from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and Transportation Authority (MDTA) are actively fighting today’s storm, according to the SHA. Crews will remain out throughout the day. With pavement temperatures hovering just at the freezing mark, crews primarily will be treating roadways with salt, which is very effective in melting ice and snow. Motorists are reminded that bridges, ramps and overpasses will freeze before the adjoining road surfaces.

Calvert and Charles County schools will be closing two hours early and afternoon and evening activities have been cancelled.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools will not close early, however, after school and evening activities have been cancelled for today. If no further announcements are made, schools will resume their normal schedule tomorrow.

All campuses of the College of Southern Maryland are scheduled to close at 4pm today.

Contracted Commuter Buses will operate on their normal schedules this afternoon. However, on some of the larger bus routes, the MTA will have standby resources in anticipation that some riders may choose to leave work early.

The public forum scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on today’s Charles County Commissioners’ meeting agenda has been canceled due to forecasted inclement weather this evening.

The Southern Maryland Agri-Business Forum, scheduled for all day Thursday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina in Solomons, has been postponed to a future date. “Innovations and Technological Solutions Addressing Challenges Impacting Southern Maryland Agri-Businesses” was to be presented by TEDCO and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

The Family Violence Coordinating Council meeting scheduled for this evening at 5:00 p.m. has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The next scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 14 of the Potomac Building located at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown.

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