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County and state highway divisions have been preparing for the predicted snowfall over the past few days.

Also in preparation of the storm, Calvert County Public Schools announced at 11 a.m. today that schools will be closing two hours early. All evening activities and afternoon pre-kindergarten were also cancelled.

“While the effects of the storm will be less significant in the northern half of the county and more severe in the southern end, the entire county will be affected,” an email from CCPS Superintendent Jack Smith said.

SHA spokesman David Buck said that the trucks, armed with salt, were ready by 11 a.m. Thursday even though percipitation isn’t expected to begin until later in the afternoon. He explained there won’t be many trucks out until the weather begins to change from rain to snow.

Buck said SHA expects it to be a salting operation rather than a plowing operation because snowfall is only predicted to be up to 3 inches for the rest of the day and up to 5 inches total accumulation overnight, according to the National Weather Service website. “The forcast has changed so much,” Buck said, adding that the plans will change in each location across the state based on what is occuring there. “We’re going to be tracking it throughout the day.”

According to the NWS website, a winter storm warning is in effect for Calvert County from 2 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. The warning states that the snowfall may be heavy at times and a total accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is predicted.

He said that people should have a plan in place for this afternoon. “Don’t assume that you’re going to be able to leave at your normal time and not be affected.” He added that the time to think about the snow is not when someone is leaving work at the close of business, but when there is actually no inclement weather occurring, like this morning.

“When people are battling each other to get home, we can’t get through,” Buck said.

Staff writer LAURA DUKES also contributed to this report.