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County offices, schools shut down Tuesday

By AMANDA SCOTT

Staff writer

With the impending winter storm threatening several inches of snow in the next 12 hours, county offices, public schools and others have shut down or are taking other precautionary measures.

According to a news release from Calvert County, all county government offices closed at noon, as well as the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, community centers, county convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill, and all Calvert Library locations. In addition, the county bus service stopped operation at noon and all county parks and recreation activities have been canceled for the evening, according to the release.

The Calvert County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed throughout the inclement weather, the release states. Any residents who have questions or need assistance can call 410-535-0396 or 410-535-0314.

If the weather results in prolonged power outages the county will set up warming centers or shelters, according to the release. Schedules and locations for the centers will be released if necessary.

In anticipation of the winter storm, Calvert County Public Schools decided Monday evening around 8:20 p.m. to close the schools for all students and 10- and 11-month employees.

According to the CCPS alert issued Monday night, all emergency personnel were to report as usual and all 12-month employees were to report on time.

With the school closings, all afternoon and evening extra curricular activities were canceled.

Shortly after precipitation began Tuesday, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert cautioning drivers to “pleas use extra caution. Roadways may be slippery [and] could contribute to an accident.”

Maryland State Highway Administration crews and contractors have been treating the roads in anticipation of the storm.

According to a Tuesday news release from SHA, crews and contractors will plow during the storm, working to keep roads passable for emergency vehicles. However, blowing snow can change a road from passable to covered.

SHA warns that as temperatures continue dropping drastically into Tuesday night, there could be possible problems with roads and bridges icing.

“Please heed the warnings to stay off the roads this afternoon — it will not be safe to be out later today in heavy, blowing snow with frigid temperatures,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in the release. “SHA crews will continue to plow and battle Mother Nature; however, it will take four to six hours to reach bare pavement after precipitation stops, which isn’t predicted to happen until late tonight.”

ascott@somdnews.com