Nitkin said there were extra police on duty today in case wires come down and disrupt power at intersections. "So far, none of those, but we are prepared for the high winds later," he said.

Howard County public schools and offices are closed. All athletic practices and games have been canceled.

Howard County government offices are closed, and trash and recycling pick-up were canceled. It will resume on the county's sliding-scale schedule. 

All Department of Recreation and Parks activities for the day were canceled, and all county parks and community centers are closed. The Circuit and District courts are closed, as well. 

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All Howard County public libraries are closed. 

All CMRT Local, CMRT Access, Howard Transit Local and HT Ride buses have been suspended for the rest of the day. The I-95 subscription bus will not run, either. 

Columbia Association sport and fitness facilities are closed, except for the Supreme Sports Club. 

The county's Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, which means parking is prohibited on designated snow emergency routes. 

A Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday evening will be held next Thursday, Feb. 20.

A Howard County delegation hearing on state issues and two local bills were canceled.