A Howard County plow kicks up snow as it clears Ellicott Mills Drive in Historic Ellicott City. Snow was falling throughout the day Wednesday, the first full day of spring.
A Howard County plow kicks up snow as it clears Ellicott Mills Drive in Historic Ellicott City. Snow was falling throughout the day Wednesday, the first full day of spring. (Nate Pesce/BSMG file)

The Howard County Public School System will petition the Maryland State Department of Education for a waiver after closing for its sixth snow day of the year on Wednesday.

Snow fell Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in the Baltimore area, with 3 to 7 inches expected by the end of the day.

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The school system had adjusted its calendar to make up for the previous five inclement weather closings, keeping school in session from April 4 to 6, dismissing three hours early on Friday, May 18 and Friday, June 15. Tuesday, June 12 will also be a full day for students, according to the school system’s website.

Spring starts with snow in Howard County, plows and power crews in action

Winter took one last stab at Howard County this morning as snow continues to blanket the region, with four to eight inches expected throughout the day.

In previous years, administrators could extend the school year to make up for weather closures. But Gov. Larry Hogan mandated that schools start after Labor Day and conclude by June 15, making planning more arduous.

Howard County’s 2017-2018 academic calendar designated just five possible inclement weather make-up days. Having exhausted those, the school system will now petition the state for a waiver for additional days, according to Brian Bassett, a spokesman for HCPSS.

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