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Temperature to fall to around 20, gusts as high as 29 mph expected

Charles County government opened on time today, Jan. 21, according to an email message, but some county facilities will close. Charles County Public Schools also announced schools will be closed today.

The National Weather Service online forecast for Charles County states that there is a 100 percent chance of snow, with 4 to 8 inches expected. The temperature will fall to around 20 by 5 p.m. A steady north wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph is expected.

The county email states that county officials will make a decision about closing all government offices after the storm arrives and its impact can be assessed.

Closed today are Meals on Wheels, Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools’ pools, all senior centers and school-based community centers, Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics programs and activities, Port Tobacco Recreation Center programs and activities, Charles County Public Library branches and commissioners’ President Candice Kelly’s town hall meeting scheduled for today at Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department.

The Tri-County Animal Shelter, Crain Memorial Welcome Center, county landfill and recycling center and Pisgah recycling center, Charles County Department of Health, Capital Clubhouse and VanGO bus service will operate normal hours pending an evaluation of the weather. VanGO patrons can call the weather hotline at 301-934-9305, ext. 5179 for updates.

The liberal leave policy in effect for all nonessential county employees, according to the email. Essential employees are expected to report to work as scheduled.

Charles County Public Schools’ employees are on code blue.

Call the school system’s 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410 or go to www.ccboe.com for the latest school closing information.

The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative outage map, with information on the location and nature of service interruptions, is online at http://stormcenter.smeco.coop.