Half-a-block of Dunkirk Road in Towson cleared in 10 seconds (actual elapsed time 13 minutes.)

Thirty four neighbors in West Towson each placed $1 bets Friday night on how much snow would fall at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

"The winner bet 29.3 inches, only one-tenth from the official number," resident and attorney Joshua Glikin reported Sunday.


Now, as the weather warms and Baltimore County continues to dig out of the region's biggest blizzard ever, Glikin said, "Some of us are thinking about starting another pool, where people would pay $1 per bet as to what day and what time a snow plow will arrive on their street!"

Officials throughout Maryland marshaled plows, dump trucks, even Humvees to begin hauling out the weekend's snowfall, a labor that's expected to last days, and is likely to test the patience of snowed-in families.

Preliminary measures rank the snowstorm as the largest ever to hit Baltimore. Officials recorded 29.2 inches at BWI airport.

Baltimore County not experiencing any major problems from the blizzard

Enough snow covered Maryland highways, State Highway Administration officials calculated, to fill 35-foot dump trucks lined up nearly twice around the world.

"Getting back to business as usual is going to take a considerable amount of time," Gov. Larry Hogan said, who said he will seek disaster relief from FEMA, which could help pay overtime for government workers and repair damage to public infrastructure.

Federal, state and local officials will begin the process of assessing the damage and expenses in coming days.

Plowing, or the lack of it, appeared to be the biggest problem for Towson-area communities Monday. Major roads were clear, but in some cases, such as on Stevenson Lane in Rodgers Forge and on Towsontown Boulevard, roadside mounds of snow turned them into one-lane roads, and in some stretches, two cars could not pass at the same time. Plows large and small slowed traffic to a crawl as the vehicles struggled to get out of the way of motorists stuck behind them.

Plows pushed so much snow into parked cars along Stevenson Lane that Jason Bautee spent more than five hours digging out two family cars, including his 2007 Honda Accord.

"I managed to get my wife's car pretty much out," said Bautee, 27. "We did have two shovels, but hers broke yesterday."

At least Bautee was on a well-traveled route. In the Burkleigh Square community, several roads were passable only because resident Andy Marcantoni had access to a backhoe through his job as a contractor and was busy plowing Burkshire Road, off Burke Avenue, while a dozen residents shoveled the curbs and driveways.

"He saves us every year," said Burkshire Road resident Jeanne Arrington. "We didn't get any passes [from a county snow plow] during the storm."

Burkleigh Square Community Association President Greg Bauer came from nearby Normal Terrace to help shovel on Burkshire. When asked how his own road was, Bauer chuckled and said, "Andy lives on Normal Terrace. How do you think it is?"

The Towson Times reached out to about 20 community leaders in Towson early this week to see how their neighborhoods were doing, and many complained in phone and email interviews that they were still snowed in.

The West Towson Neighborhood Association sent Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who represents the Towson area, a list of streets that were plowed badly (Highland, Woodbine, Allegheny, Morningside and Park Avenue) or not at all as of Monday, including Trafalgar, Piccadilly, Barranco, Bonnie Hill, Burnbrae, Charles Terrace, Groom, Marwood, Eton, Range, Horncrest, Chestnut Glen, Loyola, Chestnut, Road Oak, Northbend, DeBaugh and Woodbine Terrace.


"The plows are still working on getting to some of the side streets," Mike Ertel, a West Towson resident and president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said Monday. "The snow is heavy and deep, and I think it takes a bigger effort to clear it. People need to be patient. A storm like this doesn't get cleared in one day."

"We have not been plowed," said Joe La Bella, president of Towson Manor Village Inc. He reported "lots of people walking around, helping shovel others out."

"No plows yet in Towson Estates," resident G.T. Keplinger said Sunday night.

"Our side streets have not been plowed yet, and yes, some are concerned about when that may occur," reported Jason Garber, president of the Association of Loch Raven Village Inc. He also cited several cases in which the weight of snow on rooftops had caused property damage.

There was also a rescue operation reported Monday by Towson resident Bob Erlandson, who said a large snow plow got stuck at Stevenson Lane and Brook Road, off Hillen Road, and a front-end loader had to be sent in to dig out the entire block and rescue the stranded plow.

"Looks like people are going to have to have a lot of patience before they are dug out," Erlandson said.

But most people interviewed for this story were in high spirits, or at least resigned to going on with their lives as best they could.

"People understand that the magnitude of the storm affects" the county government's ability to plow the side streets, Garber said. "So many here have helped their neighbors. I have witnessed people snow-blowing both sides of the street and then alleyways — people digging outelderly neighbors, neighbors that need help. I have heard of people responding to those that requested help. Frankly, that is the story here: People working together to help one another."

"We have a good neighborhood for that," said Arrington, in Burkleigh Square, as she shoveled with the help of neighbors Roger Sampson and his son, Isaiah.

In Lutherville, teenager Joe Radek started his own impromptu snow shoveling service with the help of his cousin, Alex Whatley, of Cockeysville. Radek, an eighth-grader at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, printed and distributed fliers before the storm, with his name and phone number, soliciting business, and by Friday night was already lining up customers, according to his father, Walter Radek.

Whatley, a ninth-grader at Dulaney High School, stayed at Radek's house over the weekend, and by Monday, they had earned about $400, according to Whatley's mother and Joe Radek's aunt, Melissa Whatley, a columnist for the Towson Times.

Walter Radek said the teens were still out shoveling Monday afternoon. "It's been a learning experience, but also a rewarding experience," he said. "Who knows [what they will earn] once they're all done?"

Melissa Whatley, meanwhile, was still stuck at home on Blue Bell Way off Sherwod Road, late Monday afternoon.

"The plow just made it to us and is now stuck in our cul-de-sac," she said. "It looks like he might be there awhile."

Also in Cockeysville, medical sales representative Thomas Maseth, who travels around the region and uses many of the Starbucks coffee shops as satellite offices, was hanging out at one of his favorite ones, in the Yorkridge Center North shopping center on York Road.

"I needed to get out today," Maseth, of Cylburn, told several women he knew, who had dug out of their own neighborhood and walked into Starbucks. "I was feeling cooped up."


The chatter at the Starbucks was dominated by talk of the blizzard. "That's all you're going to hear," Maseth said. He pointed out a window to a mound of snow in the parking lot.

"Look at that mountain out there. It's tough. We're going to be seeing some of these mountains until March," he said. "But it is what it is."

Baltimore Sun reporters Ian Duncan and Tim Prudente contributed to this article.