The early spring snow falling on Carroll County overnight from Sunday into Monday has brought with it an extra vacation day for many local students.
Carroll County Public Schools has announced that all public schools in the county are closed Monday due to the inclement weather. CCPS on Monday afternoon announced that a basketball game with the Harlem Wizards, originally scheduled for tonight at Manchester Valley High School, has been postponed until Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m.
In addition, McDaniel College in Westminster has also closed for the day.
The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory issued for Carroll County through 6 p.m., and is forecasting that parts of the county could receive 3 to 5 inches of snow before the precipitation turns to rain this evening.
Carroll County's snow emergency plan went into effect at 6 a.m. as the wet snow started to cling to the roads, driveways and tree branches. The plan was lifted at 11 a.m.
Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said that although the snow kept the city busy, by mid-morning there were hardly any "snow-related incidens."
He said the streets are clear thanks to quick work of the street department.
"We certainly appreciate folks driving judiciously to keep our traffic problems to a minimum," Spaulding said.
Larry Bloom, the City of Westminster's street superintendent said about 20 employees came in early this morning to get ready to clear the streets. The department put 19 snowplows on the road and one person tackled the sidewalks, Bloom said.
By rush hour, "the streets were clear in the city. We'll be out late this evening and tomorrow morning to make sure everyone's commute is safe. We'll stay on top of things … and watch for the roads refreezing," he said.
Cal Bloom, who owns a barbershop on Main Street in the center of downtown Westminster said just before lunch the snow was "not helping business any."
Bloom said he was "Not sure how much longer I am going to stick around and stay open for today… Been here since 8:30 in the morning and only had three or four haircuts. I usually do 20 by this time in the day."
Among the biggest snow events in Carroll County history, several have occurred during March. On March 29-30, 1942 it snowed 22.0 inches; and on March 15-18, 1892, it snowed 16.0 inches in the county. On March 12-14, 1993, 12 inches of snow fell in the Carroll County area.