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A burst of wintry weather Tuesday afternoon has led Carroll County schools, including McDaniel College, to close down early.

Carroll County Public Schools closed two hours early Tuesday due to the snow, the school system announced. And all school-sponsored after-school activities, as well as those not sponsored by CCPS, were canceled.

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McDaniel College cancelled afternoon and evening classes and declared liberal leave for employees. Details can be found at www.mcdaniel.edu. Class schedules were not interrupted at Carroll Community College as of Tuesday afternoon.

A snow emergency plan was activated for Carroll at 3:30 p.m. Snow emergency plans, which Maryland State Police declares with input from the State Highway Administration, prohibits parking on snow emergency routes.

In addition, Carroll Transit System closed early, at 1 p.m., the county announced after noon Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Carroll and much of Maryland from noon through 7 p.m., as the National Weather Service forecasts more accumulation on grassy/elevated surfaces than roadways.

“Snowfall rates could exceed an inch per hour, resulting in slick roads and reduced visibility,” the service said. Some areas of the state could see up to 3 inches of snow.

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