Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late

It's back to class for Laurel students Thursday after officials for Prince George's and the Howard school systems said schools would be open, starting two hours late.

A cold but sunny day Wednesday allowed workers to catch up on clearing snow and ice after Tuesday's snowstorm and bitter cold.

Tuesday's weather caused Laurel Mayor Craig Moe to declare a state of snow emergency as a result of snowfall that was projected to be between six and 10 inches, according to the National Weather Service. City offices closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

When a snow emergency is called in Prince George's County, Laurel city officials follow suit and establish a snow emergency for Laurel, according to city spokesman Pete Piringer. Certain city streets are designated snow emergency routes and when the city is under a snow emergency, parking is not allowed on the even-numbered side of those streets.

Cars parked on those sides of the street will be towed and their owners ticketed. To find a car that has been towed from a snow emergency route, call the Laurel Police at 301-498-0092 for release information.

A cold snap is expected to follow the snow Tuesday, and Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Howard counties are under a wind-chill advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to develop between 7 and 10 a.m., with the heaviest snow expected during the midday and afternoon. Wind chills are expected to be between five and 15 degrees below zero Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, with lows in the single digits Tuesday night and in the teens on Wednesday.

Winds with gusts up to 40 miles per hour are forecasted for Wednesday morning.

Both Prince George's County Public Schools and Anne Arundel County Public Schools canceled school Tuesday.

Howard County has closed schools and school offices today as well. Schools had already been closed for students, but staff had originally been expected to report at 10 a.m. With the full cancelation, all evening activities — both school- and community-sponsored — have been canceled as well. That includes sports and sports practices, and an information session on the Common Core State Standards Initiative set for Tuesday night at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

 This report has been updated.

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