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The Morning Report is a quick roundup of links to stories that Carroll County residents are talking about today.

Emergency officials are warning Marylanders to be prepared for a winter storm system that will likely bring heavy snow, high winds and cold temperatures to the area the next few days.

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A fire apparently started in the dumpster behind the Safeway in Eldersburg then spread to the building on Wednesday Jan. 20. There were no injuries and the store will be closed until further notice.

West Middle School will host a "Keeping Kids Safe" event for parents the night of Thursday Jan. 21 to provide information and resources about a variety of topics such as drugs and alcohol

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch that includes Carroll County. The watch will go into effect noon Friday, Jan. 22, through early Sunday morning.

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners was briefed on the county's financial situation.

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