Howard County Public School officials announced that schools will be closed again Tuesday after deciding conditions weren't safe because of freezing temperatures overnight following Monday's snowstorm.

School officials said Monday night that shools likely would open two hours late but that they would review the decision Tuesday morning. They elected to close schools for the second day in a row.

MSA testing for Tuesday has been canceled. Testing will be held Wednesday, Thursday, and March 11-12.

Schools and government offices were closed on Monday because of a March snowstorm, as was Howard Community College in Columbia.


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A Howard County Council voting session scheduled for Monday night was postponed to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the George Howard building in Ellicott City. A reception scheduled for Monday with the Deltas sorority will be rescheduled "to another mutually convenient time," according to a County Council email. 

A presubmission community meeting on a pathway connecting Blandair Park and Howard County General Hospital also was postponed. A new date was not announced. 

All branches of the Howard County Public Library system were closed. 

Recycling and trash collection in the county was canceled and will operate on a sliding schedule for the week.

Gov. Martin O'Malley issued the following statement:

"As we are faced with another winter storm this season, we encourage all residents to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution if traveling on the roadways is necessary," O’Malley said. “We also encourage employers to monitor weather developments and consider employee and customer safety when making decisions about their operational status."

The Maryland State Highway Administration also advised motorists to take precaution.

“Travel conditions could be hazardous Sunday evening and much of Monday during the storm.  Crews work to reduce the impact of the weather conditions but it is not until it stops snowing that they can make headway and clear travel lanes,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “We ask motorists to monitor forecasts closely and potentially delay travel to provide SHA crews the space necessary to treat the roads.” 

--Sara Toth contributed to this story