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Anne Arundel County Public Schools to remain closed Tuesday after more than a foot of snow blankets the area

More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in the area’s first snowfall of 2022 on Monday, closing schools, government buildings, parks and more.

Due to the inclement weather, all Anne Arundel County Public Schools and offices will be closed again Tuesday, the school system announced Monday evening.

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Annapolis and Anne Arundel County employees on Monday were placed on a liberal leave policy and government buildings and parks were closed as well. Operations for Tuesday have not been announced yet.

Anne Arundel County and Annapolis were under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service, as heavy, wet snow covered the area Sunday night into Monday morning.

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As of 4 p.m., Churchton had received 12.5 inches of snow, nearly 11 inches fell in Birdsville and Londontowne saw 10 inches, while the Pasadena area received 9 inches and 8 inches of snowfall covered Crofton, according to the weather service. Western parts of the county, such as Hanover and Odenton, received around 7 inches.

Around 12,230 residences were without power in Anne Arundel County on Monday afternoon, mostly in Annapolis and Edgewater, according to the county Office of Emergency Management.

Anne Arundel County police urged residents to stay off roads if possible because of slippery, hazardous conditions. If drivers are not able to stay home, police advise motorists to, “Drive like your passenger is holding a wedding cake in their lap … slow and smooth,” the department said in a tweet.

Flights departing for BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport were grounded for several hours Monday due to the heavy snowfall, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Traffic on Interstate 97 South near Route 32 experienced slow-moving traffic for hours that, at times, halted completely as cars became stranded. On eastbound U.S. 50 at Rutland Road, standstill traffic prevented plow crews from passing through to clear the road, according to Maryland State Police.

Anne Arundel County police responded to five vehicle collisions with injuries, 15 with possible injuries and 46 with property damage only as of 2:30 p.m. Monday. County police assisted 208 motorists, mostly for cars that spun out or became stuck in snow, and 121 traffic hazards, mainly reports of trees and wires fallen in roadways, police spokesperson Lt. Jackyln Davis said.

Maryland State Police said as of 4:30 p.m., the agency responded to 132 collisions, 157 disabled or unattended vehicles, and answered 515 calls for service.

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County government buildings, including district and circuit courthouses, were closed Monday. City of Annapolis buildings were closed to the public, and the U.S. Naval Academy was also closed due to the weather. Closures for Tuesday have not been announced yet.

All Anne Arundel County senior activity centers and branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library will be closed Tuesday.

All COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in the county and city were canceled Monday.

Annapolis transit services closed at 5 p.m. Monday and will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday. City officials said Annapolis received 8 to 12 inches of snowfall. Fallen trees complicated plowing efforts by public works employees, city spokesperson Mitchelle Stephenson said. City recreation and parks workers began a “cut-and-toss” effort to clear branches out of roadways to assist plows, according to a city news release.

Annapolis officials encourage people to move their cars into free parking garages so plows can clear and salt streets. Knighton, Gotts and Hillman garages have free parking Monday. The garages will remain open until at least Tuesday afternoon. Trash and recycling collection that was not picked up in the city will resume Tuesday, while Tuesday’s collection is moved to Wednesday.

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Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing Monday night, creating icy conditions expected to make Tuesday morning commutes “treacherous,” Stephenson said. The temperature could reach a low of 18 degrees Monday night, but the weather is expected to warm up Tuesday with a high in the mid-30s, followed by a high in the mid-40s Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A warming center is available at the Stanton Community Center, 92 West Washington St. in Annapolis. The center will operate for 24 hours, and individuals must check in to the center by 9 p.m.


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