Anne Arundel copes with another snowstorm

With yet another storm dropping snow across the region, schools, government offices and a number of workplaces in Anne Arundel County were shut down on Monday.

As with past storms, officials urged people to stay home if possible, to allow plow crews time and space to clear roads.

"The emergency operations center is on full activation and we are focused on snow removal," Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman said Monday. "I have been out on the roads and they are not great."

Neuman said the snow was falling faster than crews could plow. She warned that cold temperatures Monday night and into Tuesday could mean ice on the roads and snow piles that will stick around.

Anne Arundel's public schools were closed, and officials said MSA exams for students in grades three through eight were pushed to Wednesday and Thursday.

The City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County closed all of their offices, including senior centers and the Pip Moyer Recreation Center and Stanton Community Center in Annapolis. Monday night's county council meeting has been rescheduled for March 10.

Trash and recycling collection was canceled in both the city and the county.

Annapolis allowed residents to park in any of the four city-owned garages beginning Sunday night in order to make more room for snowplows in the historic city's narrow streets.

In Annapolis, homeowners and business ownerse were reminded to shovel their sidewalks after the storm ends – a source of numerous complaints after the last storm. "We're really urging residents, as well as businesses, to get that snow off their sidewalks as a public safety measure," said Rhonda Wardlaw, a city spokeswoman.

Anne Arundel County residents seeking non-emergency help or information can call 410-222-0600, while the number for Annapolis city residents is 410-260-2211.

Most state government workers were given a day off, as were federal workers in the Washington, D.C. region. The Naval Academy closed for the day, while Fort George G. Meade opened with reduced operations.

The Maryland General Assembly planned to open at noon and hold the usual Monday night floor sessions at 8 p.m.; however, some committee meetings were canceled.

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