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Streets quiet in Catonsville as snow continues to fall

The streets were mostly quiet in Catonsville as heavy snowfall blanketed Baltimore County Monday morning.

"We haven't seen many people on the road. It seems like a lot of people are staying inside and out of the snow today," said John McDowell, president of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. 

McDowell said today has been a fairly routine snow day for the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. 

"There's been nothing extreme or out of the ordinary," McDowell said. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in effect until Monday night at 6 p.m. as between six and eight inches of snow was expected. 

First District Councilman Tom Quirk encouraged residents to "stay safe," and said, "We have top notch public crews working hard to make sure the roads are clear."

He's busy shoveling snow today and recommends that residents get the latest information on the storm from the County Snow Fighter page at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/snow or on Twitter by following @BACOemergency. 

If residents have any issues, he encouraged them to contact his District Office located in Catonsville at 754 Frederick Road.

Baltimore County Public Schools have a snow day today, which was announced last night. For teachers, the snow day offers an opportunity to get caught up on grading papers.

"I'm enjoying the snow and as an English teacher, I'm happy to get caught up on grading today," said Lynn Eliott, teacher and chairwoman of the language arts department at Arbutus Middle School.

While it's always nice to have a snow day she misses being with her students, Eliott said.

The snow accumulation totalled 78 inches after the storm, which was greater than the year of "Snowmaggedon" when 77 inches of snow fell in Baltimore County, according to data collected by Baltimore County.

Snow fall totals based upon unofficial reports collected by the National Weather Service include: 6 inches in Pheonix, 5 inches near Glyndon, 5 inches in Owings Mills, 4 inches near Oella and 2.6 inches near White Marsh.

Although there's a chance that another storm might hit the Mid-Atlantic, it's unlikely at this time of year, said Brian Lasorsa, meterologist at the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va. office. 

"I can't say it won't snow again. But the chances are running lower at this time of year," Lasorsa said.  

Baltimore County put its snow emergency plan into action at 3 a.m., which means vehicles on the roads must be equipped with snow or all-weather radial tires or chains and no parking is permitted on designated snow emergency routes.

As of Monday morning, the county had 535 personnel and 383 pieces of equipment clearing snow on the roads.

Baltimore County Emergency Management asks that residents do not park on the street unless it's absolutely necessary, because it hinders snowplows from clearing roads.

Emergency and essential employees are required to report to work.  

County trash and recycling collection will operate Monday in areas where conditions make collection possible. All three drop-off centers are expected to be open during normal hours today, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh.  

Senior centers and all branches of the public library are closed. The CountyRide program will not operate. 

"We haven't seen many people out today. A lot of people have made plans to stay home. I think they've had enough practice this year with the snow," McDowell said.  

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