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Baltimore County closes schools Tuesday because of snow

Baltimore County has canceled school Tuesday because of a snowstorm that moved into the area Monday evening.

The National Weather Service said the storm is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until noon on Tuesday, with four to eight inches of snow expected, said NWS meteorologist Andrew Snyder.

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Crews that include 450 personnel from the county's Department of Public Works began reporting at 6 p.m. Monday to clear snow from the roads, said Lauren Watley, a county spokeswoman.

"Because of the salt that was already on the roads from Saturday, we're not really too worried about the start of this system coming through," Watley said.

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Baltimore County Public Schools announced Monday evening that it was closing school for the second consecutive day. Schools were closed on Monday because of President's Day.

Those looking to monitor the storm can find updates on county closings and learn about snow removal operations on the county's website through their Snowfighter web feature, baltimorecountymd.gov/snowfighter.

A recent upgrade has been added to Snowfighter to assist motorists, which includes a link to live camera traffic feeds from Maryland Department of Transportation's Coordinated Highways Action Response Team, according to a county press release. County road closures can also be viewed on the web page.

Residents can also keep up to date on storm information by following the county's Twitter handle @bacoemergency.

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The public school system has not decided on any closings or delays for Tuesday, according to Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Mychael Dickerson.

The winter storm is part of a low-pressure area traveling from the Tennessee Valley, expected to reach the North Carolina coastline by Monday night, Snyder said.

Snow fall will vary throughout the county, with more snow predicted in the southern areas and lighter amounts expected to the north, Snyder said.

"Snow should be winding down by Tuesday morning and finished by noon," Snyder said.

Snyder said residents can expect cloudy skies and temperatures in the 20s once the snow moves out.

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