February 22 Snow Updates

| February 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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UPDATE 05:54 am 02/22/2011: From the Anne Arundel County Executive:

Anne Arundel County Government Offices will open on time today. All employees are expected to report.

“Our crews have been working on clearing main and arterial roads, and will continue operations throughout the morning commute and the rest of the day,” said County Executive John R. Leopold. “We are urging motorists to exercise caution as the roads are slippery and many residential streets are snow packed but passable.”

The Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at 6 a.m. Rain, sleet, and snow moved into the area as expected. A total of 174 dump trucks and other vehicles are currently on the roads. The County has used 1,543 tons of salt and 90 gallons of calcium chloride.

Sensors show roads are at or slightly below freezing. Main roads are wet, some are snow or slush covered. Residential streets are snow covered, but should be mostly passable.
Motorists should adjust their driving this morning for expected slippery road conditions.

UPDATE 05: 42 am 02/22/2011: Anne Arundel County Community College will open at 12:30 pm today.

UPDATE 05:36 am 02/22/2011: Due to the inclement weather, the AA libraries (HQ and branches) will open at 1:00 pm  today.

UPDATE 05:27 am 02/22/2011: Anne Arundel County Schools are closed today. Code Blue with liberal leave.

UPDATE 11:27 pm 02/21/2011: The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has issued the “Snow Emergency Plan” and “Condition Blue.” (Whatever that means)

UPDATE 11:05 pm 02/21/2011: The USNA is operating on a 2 hour delay tomorrow.

UPDATE 07:58 pm 02/21/2011: From the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office:

County Executive Leopold Mobilizes Public Works Crews to Tackle Snow and Sleet

Forecast calls for 3-7 inches

Annapolis, MD (February 21, 2011) -Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has mobilized Public Works crews as snow moves into the region.

“A full contingent of public works crews is out on our arterial and collector roads,” County Executive Leopold said. “We ask that motorists exercise caution if they must be out on the roads tonight.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning calling for 3 to 7 inches of snow through early Tuesday morning. Seventy-two County trucks are standing by.

The County’s level of service for up to 6 inches of snow accumulation is bare pavement on arterial and collector roads within 24 hours of the end of snowfall, and passable conditions on residential streets within 36 hours of the end of snowfall, meaning that while the road may still be snow packed, at least one travel lane is accessible for a front wheel drive car. Normally, the County does not salt a residential street unless it is on a slope or some other extenuating circumstance.

Please remember the following snow tips:

● Park all vehicles in a driveway whenever possible. If off-street parking is not available, please work with your neighbors to park all vehicles on one side of the road only.

● Children should be cautioned to stay clear of plows and other heavy equipment, and drivers should do the same to allow them to do their work.

● Clearing of sidewalks and removal of ice is the responsibility of each resident.

● Remove all recycling containers, trash cans, and other obstacles from the street.

● Use patience – plowing operations are prioritized to get motorists moving as quickly as possible.

● Maintain a safe following distance on the roadways during slick conditions, maintain low speeds and turn on your lights to increase visibility.

● Brake gently to avoid skidding.

UPDATE 07:19 pm 02/21/2011: From the City of Annapolis

Because of an impending snowstorm moving into the region, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen has declared that City of Annapolis administrative offices will open two hours late on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Supervisors are to allow for the liberal use of unscheduled annual leave.

Essential employees must report on time.

The status of the Roger “Pip” Moyer Community Recreation Center and the Stanton Community Center will be determined on Tuesday morning. Recreation and Parks employees should consult with their supervisors on when to report on Tuesday.

The status of Annapolis Transit will be determined on Tuesday morning.

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