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Meteorologists in the Delmarva area were left scratching their heads and adjusting their forecast models as the ridiculously dubbed “snowquestration” weather event hit the area Tuesday evening through Wednesday night. While Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Baltimore Gas & Electric power crews were geared up and ready for outages, Calvert County residents were stocking up on essentials, filling up gas tanks and generators and prepping firewood. Early Wednesday morning, Calvert County Public Schools announced they were closing for the day, as weather predictions swung from Calvert being hit by a rain-snow mix, to the potential of being buried under 4 to 8 inches of snow at one point.
And then, at least in Calvert, not much happened aside from strong winds. Sure, we were soaked with schizophrenic precipitation, as the steady downpour switched in mere seconds from rain drops to giant heavy flakes of snow and back again. Yet, after those giant flakes hit the ground they quickly became a brief memory.
While areas north and west of Washington, D.C., did see large accumulations of snow, Southern Maryland, for the most part, only had to battle fierce winds. SMECO reported less than a thousand outages, mostly in southern Calvert, and all were handled rather quickly. Because SMECO and BGE were prepared for the outages and had crews on standby, the outages were fairly brief. The county had snow-clearing vehicles at the ready, just in case the temperatures dropped and the roads became slick. No major accidents occurred and no one was seriously injured as a result of the storm. That is always the best news to report.
Without getting into the climate change debate, we have to admit this has been a strange winter. This week’s storm may have been winter’s swan song, as forecasts for the next week predict spring-like temperatures. While we may have dodged yet another harsh winter, aside from some bone-chilling days and nights scattered throughout the season, with the unpredictable mood of Mother Nature, all we can do is prepare for the worst when a storm heads in our direction. Many of us saw what this week’s storm did to the Midwest. Calvert County was spared this time around. But it is settling to know the county government and our power companies took the weather warning seriously and were prepared to handle what Mother Nature had to throw at us. As the old adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. We applaud SMECO, BGE and the county government for their actions in preparation for a storm that never truly arrived.
Now let’s welcome spring with open arms.