Second Day of Spring?

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MoCo sees largest snowstorm in the last two years on the second day of Spring

Snow finally comes to Montgomery County as, with schools closed, Paige Smith and Nicole Clark and her dogs enjoy this final blast of winter. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSnow finally comes to Montgomery County as, with schools closed, Paige Smith and Nicole Clark and her dogs enjoy this final blast of winter on the second day of spring.                PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Dangerous road conditions arose from a nor’easter that began dropping snow on Montgomery County late Tuesday, leading to a Wednesday morning traffic nightmare.

It was the most significant snowfall in the region since a blizzard in early 2016.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Pete Piringer said a large percentage of drivers who took to the roads Wednesday morning – the second day of spring - became involved in crashes, many of them single-vehicle accidents due to the weather conditions. One such incident, county officials said, stopped traffic in both directions on U.S. Route 29 – known as Columbia Pike – between Greencastle Road and Sandy Spring Road (Maryland Route 198).

As a result of the early-spring snowstorm, Montgomery County closed all non-public-safety government offices Wednesday, county officials said in a statement.

Josh Faust, public outreach manager for county highways, said County trucks mobilized with materials Tuesday as road conditions deteriorated in many parts of the County.

“Because this is probably the biggest snowstorm we will see this year we will be calling in contractor support,” he added, noting that Montgomery County road crews were now preparing for a greater snowfall than residents saw mid-December, which Faust said was between 3.5 inches and 4 inches.


County schools closing Wednesday due to snow forecast

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Person walking in snowstormMontgomery County Public Schools are closed Wednesday due to “emergency weather conditions,” according to MCPS officials.

“All school and community activities in school buildings are also canceled,” MCPS officials said. “All administrative offices are open. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled.”


First snowstorm of the year comes up short of hype

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Snowman building after snowstorm StellaPauil Folder and Alex Fulda from Florida make a snowman in the first snowfall they’ve ever seen - following snowstorm Stella this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE – It took until the last week of winter, but the area finally got some measurable snow.

A nor’easter hit the County, along with much of the Northeast Monday and Tuesday giving the Washington metropolitan area its largest snowfall of the winter. The Up-County received the brunt of the storm, with Damascus getting 4.5 inches, Derwood receiving 3.5 inches while Takoma Park got 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday night, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency, and Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery County government closed on Tuesday.

After local and state governments took precautions for a large snowstorm, once most of the storm had passed, County residents did not seem too concerned about it.

“People are freaking out for nothing. This is not that bad – we’ve seen worse,” said Rockville resident Rameez Khatri of how County residents often make a big deal out of few inches of snow.

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