Carroll County Times

Snowstorm buries county in blanket of white

A much larger snowstorm than anticipated hit Carroll County and the surrounding area Sunday, prompting schools to close today and leading to a host of delayed starts for other organizations.
Carroll County Public Schools will be closed today due to the weather, and a host of other entities including the county's libraries, the Human Services Program of Carroll County Inc., McDaniel College and Carroll County Community College will all have delayed starts.
The Carroll County Government offices will open at 10 a.m. today, according to the county's website.
The closing and delays come after much higher levels of snow reached Carroll County on Sunday than was predicted by forecasters, who expected up to 3 inches of snow. Some areas of the county reported more than twice that amount.
Calvin Meadows, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Sunday night many areas in Carroll County reported more than 8 inches of snow, with some others reporting around 6 inches. He said freezing rain was expected into this morning.
He also expected roads to remain icy this morning, but said temperatures could reach as high as the upper 30s later in the day.
Windham said the county had more than 60 road crews out Sunday, who stopped working at 10 p.m., but would start up again early this morning. She said the roads were mostly clear of snow, but people still should avoid traveling as much as possible, as many roads could still be icy.
The snow led to many disabled vehicles and car accidents Sunday handled by the Maryland State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office - the office responded to 19 accidents from around 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - although there were no reports of serious injuries due to poor driving conditions.
The snow was an inconvenience for many. McDaniel College Gospel Choir canceled a performance scheduled Sunday afternoon. The annual concert, which would have featured 40 choir members, was expected to draw at least 200 people, said college spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer.
"We expected a lot of people to be traveling to come to the concert," Knauer said. "We did not think it was a good idea to have people traveling on the road to get here."
Margie Boudreaux, chair of the music department at the college, said in an email that Sunday marked at least the second time the concert has been canceled due to poor weather over its almost 20-year run, although she could not remember exactly. She said the choir will try to hold the event again in early spring, although it would be outside of the semester.
McDaniel College's concert was not the only one to be canceled.
Linda Caviglia, director of music for Springfield Presbyterian Church in Sykesville, canceled a concert she had planned for more than a year on Sunday due to the weather. The concert featured the nationally-recognized Ken Kolodner and his son, Brad Kolodner, who were set to perform original and old-time music on fiddles, banjos and other instruments.
The concert was rescheduled for March 9.
"There is not a lot you can do about it," Caviglia said. "We had to think about the people who were involved and tried to do what was best."