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Maryland

Updates on aftermath of snowstorm

BWI back to normal on Friday

Updated 6:52 p.m.:

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport expects to resume normal operations Friday, according to a spokesperson.

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The first commercial flight after the two-day winter storm arrived at BWI Thursday morning at 9:02 a.m. Throughout the day, airlines ramped up their schedules and by evening, Southwest, the airport's leading carrier, was operating its usual number of flights.

Passengers who have been affected by flight cancellations and want to rebook their travel are encouraged to contact the airlines by phone or use their Web sites rather than going to the airport to make reservations.

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Michelle Deal-Zimmerman

Subways' aboveground service may not reopen for a while

Updated 6:38 p.m.:

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said she expected it to take some days before above-ground service on the Baltimore and Washington subways can be restored.

According to Swaim-Staley, both systems are having difficulty shoveling out the tracks. The loss of the Metro line from Mondawmin Mall to Owings Mills is a bearable blow for Baltimore, and Swaim-Staley said the Maryland Transit Administration willl offer shuttle bus service for Metro riders.

The loss of Metro aboveground service would be a tougher blow for Washington, which depends heavily on its extensive subway system to move government workers from Maryland and Virginia to the city.

Michael Dresser

Baltimore City will resume trash pick-up Tuesday

Updated 5:30 p.m.

Trash and recycling resumes Tuesday, The Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste announced. Residents are instructed to put their cans/bins at the end of the nearest street or alley or at an accessible central location in their neighborhood for pick-up.

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Community association presidents may call 311 with agreed-upon central locations where their neighborhoods are going to place their regularly scheduled trash or recycling for pick-up. Citizen Drop-Off Centers will reopen on Friday, the department added.

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Meredith Cohn

Our Daily Bread needs volunteers, donations

Updated 4:12 p.m.

Folks, as Councilman James Kraft said yesterday, this snow is frustrating, but count your blessings if you have heat and electricity.

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If you're snowed out of work or your other regularly scheduled activities, please consider helping some folks who are not as fortunate, like the hundreds of people who rely on meals from Catholic Charities' Our Daily Bread.

Many volunteers who normally serve food cannot make it in for their shifts and would appreciate being relieved if you are feeling a little stir-crazy:

Due to the snow storm, Catholic Charities' Our Daily Bread is in urgent need of volunteers to serve the meal 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Friday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb. 15. Our daily hot meal program also needs specific food items such as frozen lasagna, frozen macaroni & cheese, sugar, bread, milk and instant mashed potatoes.

Liz F. Kay on Consuming Interests blog

Mayor asks for residents' patience

Updated 2:41 p.m.

Baltimore leaders asked for city residents' patience dealing with the after-effects of an additional blanket of snow on top of the weekend's accumulations.

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"Baltimore has never seen anything like this before," said Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake.

She described it as a "difficult and inconvenient time for our citizens."

"But let me be clear: This city was safe during this historic emergency," Rawlings-Blake said.

Police and firefighters responded to more than 1,200 police calls, 376 medical emergency calls and two house fires, Rawlings-Blake said.

Liz F. Kay

Transit, port recovering from snowstorm

Updated 1:50 p.m.

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Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley said Maryland Transit Administration bus routes are coming back into service after operations were suspended at the height of Wednesday's blizzard.

Swaim-Staley said light rail had resumed service from Hunt Valley to BWI Marshall Airport and Glen Burnie but was not making all stops because of the condition of stations. The subway systems in Baltimore and Washington were serving underground stations only but officials hope to restore above-ground service Friday.

The Mobility van and cab service for the disabled was giving priority to medical calls, especially from kidney dialysis patients, Swaim-Staley said.

The transportation chief said the port of Baltimore is closed as crews concentrate of clearing out the terminals. She said some ships are expected to arrive this evening.

Michael Dresser

More parking options for city residents

Updated 1:32 p.m.

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Baltimore is still under Phase II of its snow emergency plan, which means that cars will be towed off designated snow emergency routes.

Yes, they will be towed even though technically under the same Phase II rules you're not supposed to drive without all-weather radials or snow chains.

Wondering where to move your car? More parking lots have been added to Baltimore's snow emergency page, www.396snow.com.

These include:

• Kipp Ujima Village at 4701 Greenspring Ave.

• Merganthaler High School at 3501 Hillen Road

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You can also still park your cars in the city-owned garages listed on that page.

Here's an excerpt with another option for Charles Village, Wyman Park and Homewood readers:

The JHU Homewood Parking Garages (South Garage, under the Visitor Center off Wyman Park Drive and the San Martin Garage on San Martin Drive) are free and open for residents, and will remain so until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 based upon a first come, first served basis. Anyone using the garages should have a Residential Parking Permit or documentation identifying them as a resident from a neighborhood surrounding the Homewood campus to insure free exit. Please do not park in any reserved spaces. JHU assumes absolutely no responsibility whatsoever for property damage, loss or personal injury.

By Liz Kay on Consuming Interests blog

O'Malley: 'Lot of headway' made on roads

Updated 1:21 p.m.:

Gov. Martin O'Malley reported during a noon briefing Thursday that state road crews made "a lot of headway" on Maryland's main highways last night and this morning -- thanks largely to the restraint of residents who have stayed off the roads.

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O'Malley said the state had been "blessed" in that the gusty winds that had been expected to rake the state did not kick up to the extent that had been expected. But heavy winds in some counties -- notably Frederick and Harford -- created drifts that trapped some motorists overnight.

The governor said emergency response teams were working to reach motorists -- many along U.S. 15 and U.S. 340 in Frederick County -- who had been forced to spend the night in their cars. He said officials were using helicopters to spot stranded vehicles and going low to determine whether there were people trapped inside.

Some of those drivers were staying in touch by cell phones.

Michael Dresser

Man killed in bulldozer accident

Updated 1:20 p.m.:

Fire officials confirm that a man has been killed in an accident at a Sunoco gas station at 10812 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County.

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Preliminary reports indicate that the victim was working on a Bobcat bulldozer when it fell from a lift and crushed him. Fire dispatchers received the call just after noon.

Baltimore Sun staff

AirTran takes off for Jamaica from BWI

Updated 12:47 p.m.:

In the midst of 20 inches of snow at BWI airport came a glimmer of hope for travelers with Caribbean dreams. AirTran today successfully launched its new service to Montego Bay, taking off from a field of white and headed for seas of blue.

The inaugural flight took off around 11 a.m., a few hours later than the scheduled departure, with 86 passengers on board.Well, at least, someone is having fun.

From Michelle Deal-Zimmerman on Consuming Interests

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Rescuers try to reach dozens stuck on roads

Updated 11:15 a.m.:

State officials say rescue workers are digging through 6- to 8-foot snowdrifts to reach more than two dozen vehicles stranded overnight on U.S. 340 in Western Maryland.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley said Thursday that teams on foot have spoken with virtually all the stranded drivers and none appear to be in physical distress. He said most chose to stay in their vehicles overnight rather than go to a nearby shelter in southern Frederick County.

Shipley said a state police helicopter is assessing the situation. He said the biggest problem is getting tow trucks to the scene to remove a number of tractor-trailers that are blocking the road on the 15-mile stretch between Frederick and the West Virginia state line.

Associated Press

Parking banned on Annapolis snow emergency routes

Updated 11:02 a.m.:

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Parking along snow emergency routes in Annapolis remained banned on Thursday, as city crews continued to plow.

So far, 16 vehicles parked on snow emergency routes have been towed to the City Dock parking lot, said Annapolis police spokesman Ray Weaver.

Free parking for city residents remains available at the three city garages until further notice, he said. Officials have asked that residents keep their cars off the street so that plows can get through.

Andrea F. Siegel

3,600 BGE customers remain without power

Updated 10:47 a.m.:

BGE reports that nearly 3,600 homeowners were without power in Baltimore and surrounding counties as of 10:40 a.m., with the biggest concentration of outages in the Annapolis area.

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The company expects service to be restored to most customers by late Thursday evening or early Friday.

Baltimore Sun staff

BWI runways open for flight operations

Updated 10:08 a.m.:

Flights have begun to arrive at Dulles International Airport after a blizzard that halted flights throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Dulles opened at 6 a.m. Thursday, but at Reagan National Airport, crews continue to work on airport roads and taxiways. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton says officials plan to open Reagan on Thursday and will meet at 11 a.m. to assess when.

Both of Baltimore- Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's two main runways are open for flight operations, but officials warn that flight cancellations will continue through the morning because of the storm.

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Travelers are urged to check with airlines before heading to the airport. Southwest Airlines canceled the majority of its flights at BWI on Thursday and all Thursday morning flights at Dulles.

Associated Press

6 feet, 7 inches of snow at BWI

Updated 6:13 p.m.:

For a city that sees 18.2 inches of snow in the average winter (and less than 12 inches in each of the last three winters), this can only be described as a jaw-dropping season. No one predicted this, and no one could have.

So far this winter -- and I say "so far" because there is more snow on the horizon -- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has recorded more than 6 feet, 7 inches of snow. That is nearly four and a half times our annual average. Plenty of locations in Central Maryland saw more.

From Frank Roylance's Maryland Weather blog.

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More flakes in the forecast

The National Weather Service is calling for a 30 percent chance of snow developing Sunday night and continuing (50 percent chance) into Monday, Presidents' Day.

From Frank Roylance's Maryland Weather blog.


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