Here we are, several weeks past Snowzilla. As I write this, the temperature outside is 60 degrees, with more snow forecast for this week; but I can actually see grass and pavement outside my window. Hard to believe that not long ago there was three feet of snow. The children on our cul-de-sac had a great time. Neighbor helped neighbor with shoveling and our sense of community was strengthened.
The weekend's blizzard was one for the history books, with 37 inches in Norrisville verified by the National Weather Service, and from it has come the valuable reminder that preparation pays dividends.
The Cold Weather Shelter, operated by Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., is only designed for people staying overnight, not during the day, meaning some could not get the shelter they sought during Winter Storm Jonas.
Last weekend's snowstorm was the fourth-biggest to strike the Northeast since 1950, dumping more than 30 inches of snow on 1.5 million people and affecting nearly 103 million people in all, according to government meteorologists.
It has been my experience that the snow brings out the best in us here in West Laurel. Neighbors look out for their neighbors. Year after year, I'm never at a loss for Good Samaritan stories. My neighbor Herb Frye plowed our street and helped start digging everybody out.
Digging out from the snow of Winter Storm Jonas has been a marathon, but also a sprint: Around the county, crews are working around the clock to unbury Carroll County residents and businesses from the weekend snow storm as quickly as possible.
Harford County government said it could take "at least" two days to clear all roads after the blizzard Jonas, which dropped upward of 2 1/2 feet in much of Harford and the region, according to preliminary snowfall totals.
Snowfall may have ceased, but the work of Howard County's Emergency Operation Center crew and local residents is still going strong as teams of snowplows and snow blowers clear paths toward freedom in neighborhoods.
In a teaser to a possible blizzard this weekend, Howard County residents got a taste of snow as temperatures dipped below freezing Wednesday night, leaving many roads with a coat of ice. The freeze-over prompted Howard County Public Schools to open two hours late today.
As the mid-Atlantic region braces for a predicted 2 feet of snow and heavy winds, a blizzard watch for Howard County has been upgraded to a blizzard warning that will be in effect from 3 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Sunday. Public schools and school offices in the county will be closed on Friday, in anticipation of the storm, and all after-school activities scheduled to take place in the county's schools – including athletic games -- are canceled through Sunday.
The county is eyeing Wednesday as the target to clear all county roads, but county officials urge residents to be patient. The storm blanketed the county with as much as 29 inches of snow. Snow totals ranged from 21 inches in Hanover to 28.8 inches in northern Columbia, according to a Sunday morning report by the National Weather Service.
It could take days to clean up Baltimore's biggest recorded snowstorm ever, officials warned, with plows and snowblowers not expected to start getting ahead of the 2 feet or more of drifting snow until Sunday.
Carroll residents getting cabin fever should at least be able to get out and shovel Sunday, but the heavy accumulation and high winds brought by Winter Storm Jonas created difficulties for those charged with keeping roads clear.
As the historic blizzard pummels the region and blankets the skies in white-out conditions, Howard County officials urge residents to stay off the roads. All county roads are expected to be cleared by Wednesday, with primary roads likely cleared by Sunday.
While Saturday's heavy snowfall meant extra work for those keeping Baltimore area walkways and roads clear, some in the community were warned to be careful about such work — for religious reasons. The directive was one of a flurry of emails and website notices religious leaders issued to followers wondering how to practice their faith in the grips of a snowy weekend nor'easter.
The region came to a standstill by late Friday as the first snowflakes of a potentially historic winter storm fell and Marylanders expected to remain snowbound under 2 feet or more through the weekend.
While Winter Storm Jonas continues blanketing Howard County with heavy snow, County Executive Allan Kittleman says the emergency crews have everything under control thanks to months of preparation and dedicated staff.
When WYPR on-air personality Diane Finlayson and her husband, Maarten Calon, return from their island vacation in the Caribbean on Tuesday, they will be met by an unusual welcome committee ¿ a friend armed with boots, gloves, brooms and a heavy-duty snow shovel. Calon and Finlayson had been scheduled to return to Baltimore from Curacao on Saturday on American Airlines.
As winter Storm Jonas moves over the region and piles on the snow this weekend, Laurel residents have options for clearing sidewalks and driveways that don't include picking up a shovel. Ms. Honey Do, a woman-owned and operated company, is one of several local home improvement businesses offering snow removal for residents.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and his top emergency advisers ran through procedures and other response scenarios Friday morning as they prepared for what Glassman called a "Top 10" snowstorm expected to hit Harford by late afternoon.