A winter weather advisory was issued at 4:39 p.m. Monday for freezing rain in Carroll County. The advisory was to be in effect through midnight.
The National Weather Service was predicting freezing rain with ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch possible, especially near the Pennsylvania border.
This advisory came some 12 hours after snowfall of up to 2 inches in various parts of the county caused Carroll County Public Schools to cancel classes on Monday. It was the first inclement weather day of the 2019-20 school year used by CCPS. Carroll Community College and McDaniel College, meanwhile, both opened late. Forecasts were calling for more precipitation for the evening commute.
According to a release from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), crews were out in preparation of the precipitation, pretreating roadways with brine, an anti-icing solution. They planned to continue to deploy resources throughout the morning, but they were encouraging motorists to delay travel if possible and to exercise extreme caution on elevated surfaces such as ramps, bridges and overpasses, which freeze first.