The first flakes of the season started their quiet decent on the county Saturday morning, and by 4:30 p.m. sent the Snow Emergency Plan for Carroll County into effect.
Plows were deployed to clear and salt roadways, beginning with main roads. The emergency plan was lifted at 9 p.m. along with a winter weather advisory for Fredrick and Carroll issued by the National Weather Service.
The steady snowfall throughout the day led to a cake frosting-style layer over greenery, rooftops and car windshields. But after sunset, temperatures dropped into the 20s and led to slippery driving conditions, according to Brandon Fling of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Baltimore/Washington.
A desk officer from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said they had not responded to any traffic accidents that caused major injury as of 8:30 p.m.
A desk officer at the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack confirmed that there had been several accidents that caused minor injury or property damage, but no major injuries as of 8:45 p.m.
The precipitation continued until around 6:45 p.m. in Carroll, coating most stationary objects.
Westminster saw some of the highest accumulation in the state, with a station 2 miles west of the city reporting 6 inches of accumulation at 5 p.m., Fling said.
At Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster, temperatures registered at 28 degrees at 4:25 p.m. and remained that temperature at 7:25 p.m., according to the NWS website forecast.weather.gov.
A station near Eldersburg reported 4.5 inches at 4:20 p.m., though Fling estimated there would be additional accumulation before the end of the day.
More winter precipitation is predicted for Monday evening into Tuesday, according to the latest model guide Fling said, though the chance of precipitation is lower, around 40 percent, according to the NWS website.
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We’re not expecting much in the way of accumulation,” he said.