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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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Fallen trees knock out power in Takoma Park, Gaithersburg

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A tree that fell into a power line pole Saturday afternoon knocked out power for more than 1,100 Pepco customers in Takoma Park while just under 500 customers lost power in Gaithersburg.

By 1:45 p.m., 869 Pepco customers throughout the greater Washington, D.C. region still remained without power, including 845 in Montgomery County and one customer in Prince George's County.

160122 0000A plow truck heads east on Middlebrook Road at the Great Seneca Highway intersection in Germantown Friday afternoon as snow began to accumulate on the road. PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

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