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First snowfall of 2022 closes Howard County schools on Monday and Tuesday

As the first snow of the year blanketed Howard County on Monday, the Howard County Public School System closed all schools and the Digital Education Center on Monday and Tuesday.

At 8:43 p.m. Monday, the school district announced it would close for the second straight day.

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These were the second and third days used of the five inclement weather days built into the 2021-2022 school district’s academic calendar. The last day of school is set for June 14.

The snow, which began early Monday morning and lasted until about 1 p.m., also caused Howard County government offices to remain closed on Monday and a scheduled legislative session to be moved to Tuesday evening.

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According to unofficial numbers reported to the National Weather Service from trained spotters throughout Howard County, snowfall ranged from about 2 inches in Sykesville to about 3 inches in the Ellicott City area, with Columbia receiving between 4 to 6 inches and Savage reporting almost 7 inches.

Slow-moving traffic on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia as the first snowstorm of the season arrived Monday morning, January 3, 2022.
Slow-moving traffic on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia as the first snowstorm of the season arrived Monday morning, January 3, 2022. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media)
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