The heavy snow storm that lived up to its advance billing prompted Baltimore County to cancel school for a second consecutive day on Friday.

The sun came out Friday morning, helping the temperature rise from a record low 10 degrees for March 6, although it's not expected to get above the high 20s.


Snow began to fall in Baltimore County early Thursday morning, part of a winter storm predicted by the National Weather Service to bring 4 to 8 inches of snow, prompting the county to launch their Snow Emergency Plan at 7:30 a.m.

Such a plan prohibits motorists from parking cars on designated snow emergency routes,  and requires cars to either use snow tires or chains, or have all weather tires.

Baltimore County spokeswoman Lauren Watley cautioned motorists to stay off the roads if at all possible.

"If you're able to park your car off the street, it makes plowing roads much easier for our crews," Watley said.

Watley said crews from the county's Department of Public Works began bracing for the storm Wednesday night, after weather forecasters predicted snow to begin overnight.

Crews are deployed countywide with 538 personnel and 435 snow plows and salt trucks, she said.

"All they can really do now is wait for the precipitation to turn over to snow," Watley said, adding that snow began to fall around 6:30 a.m. in Towson.

Officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration urged motorists to plan for poor driving conditions, expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

“Conditions will steadily worsen through the day and crews will need plenty of operating space to clear lanes and plow,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a press release. “The storm will likely last into the evening and temperatures will be falling through much of the day, creating icy spots.”

The Baltimore County Fire Department had not responded to any car accidents as of 9 a.m. this morning, said Lt. Hubert Harris.

"Surprisingly it's been very quiet," Harris said. "But anything can happen with the weather."

The looming storm caused public school systems and several colleges to announced closings Wednesday night.

Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance to call for a snow day during the county's school board meeting on Wednesday night, announced by the school system's Twitter account.

It is the fourth snow day of seven allotted for the year, according to information provided by BCPS chief communications officer Mychael Dickerson. Inclement weather has prompted school officials to dismiss early or delay openings on 14 days since Nov. 26, the information said.

The Community College of Baltimore County; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Towson University campuses are also closed Thursday.

Baltimore County government offices are closed, with emergency and essential employees required to report. All 19 branches of the county public library system are closed, however, those looking for a good book to read may download one from the Baltimore County Public Library website at: http://www.bcpl.info/find-materials/downloadables.


Scheduled trash and recycling collection will occur where possible, though residents should expect delays, according to the county website. Senior centers are closed and the CountyRide transportation service will not operate today.

For the latest storm updates, the county encourages residents to follow their Twitter handle @BACOemergency. County road closures can be viewed on their website at: baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/roadclosures/

Residents can expect to see snow taper off by 6 p.m. tonight, said Chris Strong, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

A winter storm warning issued by the NWS is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.