Winter Storm Watch in Maryland Closes Down Schools

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Forecasters announced that the first snowfall for 2022 would be on Monday. 3-5 inches of snow is expected in Baltimore while Annapolis could get up to 7 inches overnight into late Monday afternoon. Heavy snowfall is also expected in Southern Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the Eastern Shore area.

A winter weather advisory was issued for Baltimore City and southern Baltimore County. Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary, and Prince George’s counties, along with Washington and Eastern Shore, plus parts of both the Howard and Montgomery counties had a winter storm warning in effect as of late Sunday afternoon.

In response to these weather forecasts, schools in the areas of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, will be closed starting on Monday. Meanwhile, public schools in Carroll County will start the day two hours late and will reevaluate come Monday morning.

To allow enough time for both students and staff to get tested after winter break, Baltimore City schools will remain closed on Monday until Tuesday.

Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland kickstarted a governmentwide response team covering emergency management, transportation, and state police divisions.
The snowstorm is forecasted to follow after a mild 65-degree Sunday. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing into 30 degrees with the cold front sweeping the area overnight.

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Kyle Pallozzi, a National Weather Service forecaster, said precipitation can fall in the early morning but will turn into snow through the night. The snow is expected to affect the morning commute. The worst case scenario would be Baltimore and Annapolis in 6-8 inches of snow, while La Plata and Lexington Park could get up to 6-12.

Emergency management officials have warned Marylanders to avoid travel when the storm hits. If you must commute, expect wet and slippery conditions. They also urged the residents to keep their devices charged in the case of unexpected power outages; stock emergency travel kits, ad COVID-related supplies such as masks and sanitizers.