With schools, government offices and workplaces closed Thursday, many in Anne Arundel County spent the day digging out from under a heavy, wet snowfall that blanketed the region.
Some did it for themselves; some did it for others.
"Instead of sitting around working out or playing video games, we might as well help the community," said Midshipman Charles Alcasid, who was shoveling with classmates Paul Ahn and Nathan Ritter.
All three had experience with snow: Alcasid is from Staten Island, Ahn is from Queens and Ritter is from a military family most recently stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.
"This is like Germany snow — wet and heavy," Ritter said.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County officials reported few problems from the snowfall, which ranged from several inches to a foot. Officials said that with plenty of warning, plow crews worked through the night and into the day clearing roads.
"We have very experienced crews. They're doing a great job," said Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. "They've been all over the county clearing roads."
Closures and cancellations included senior centers, Department of Aging and Disabilities transportation services, public schools, Anne Arundel Community College, Naval Academy, county government offices, Annapolis city government offices, state government offices and federal government offices.
Fort George G. Meade in west county opened on Thursday with reduced operations.
Looking ahead, public schools called off classes again for Friday.
The total accumulation for Anne Arundel County wound up between 10 and 12.5" inches. BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum reported 12.3 inches.
Officials reported seven accidents since the start of the snow, with five people transported to hospitals. By Thursday evening, there were only five reported power outages, county officials said.
In downtown Annapolis, the water at City Dock was coated with slushy ice, with gulls and ducks perched on top.
The statue of Alex Haley was reading to more than just a handful of statue children at the dock — someone had added a snowman to the scene.
Some downtown stores and bars opened despite the weather. Rams Head on West Street promised "Beer & Wine & Whiskey, Food & Smiles" on a sign outside, while Dry 85 suggested: "If there is ice on your toes, come put a fire in your belly with one of our 120 whiskeys."
Broadneck High School near Annapolis attracted sledders eager to woosh down a large hill near the football stadium. There was just enough snow for a good slide, but the sledding runs finished in a slushy mess by mid-afternoon.
Broadneck students Will O'Neill, Tim Dold, Gunnar Henson, Jerome Skinner, Jake Edwards and Patrick Wicker turned a pair of blue plastic trash cans into makeshift sleds.
"We had a tube and it didn't work out," Edwards said.
The boys said if they weren't sledding, they'd probably be home watching movies, the Olympics or playing video games. None of them minded being off of school for yet another day and they were looking at a possible five-day weekend — with school canceled again on Friday and a holiday Monday for Presidents Day.