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Winter storm cleanup: How long will it take?

So much snow fell that it will take several days to clear all of the region's roads and likely weeks before it all melts.

Crews were scrambling in Baltimore and the surrounding counties to open key arteries before turning to neighborhood streets.

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Here's what each municipality is saying about the clean-up efforts.

Baltimore City

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Snow removal crews in Baltimore are working around the clock in 12-hour shifts to clear roads as quickly as possible with more equipment than the city has ever had on hand, but Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake still urged residents to have patience.

"When you have an historic storm, our response to that, our recovery from that is going to take time, so I'm asking for patience," the mayor said.

Rawlings-Blake did not offer a timeline for how long the clean-up effort would take, but it likely will be several days before all streets can be cleared.

William Johnson, director of the city's transportation department, said crews are working on primary and secondary streets simultaneously with more than 300 pieces of snow-removal equipment. More equipment will be dedicated to secondary streets as primary streets are cleared, he said.

Baltimore County

Baltimore County told residents via Twitterthis morning that 25 percent of its roads were plowed overnight, but drifting snow remains a problem.

Plowing was moving from the main roads to residential roads in the morning, the county said on Twitter.

In a late morning interview with WBAL radio though, County Excecutive Kevin Kamenetz said it will likely be Wednesday before all side streets are cleared.

Howard County

Howard County officials expect main roads to be in good condition by Monday morning, but warned it could be until Wednesday or Thursday until all of the county's 4,100 streets are cleared, spokesman Mark Miller said.

Anne Arundel County

As Annapolis and Anne Arundel County attempt to return to normalcy following the weekend's historic snow storm, officials are still asking people to stay off the roads.

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Brandi Dicke, a spokeswoman for the county, asked people to stay off the roads.

"The roads are still bad, all of the secondary roads — they're not finished," Dicke said. "There's no towing because it's too icy, and obviously the cars are piled up, and we can't get to them."

County roads should be clear by Wednesday, officials said.

County Executive Steve Schuh announced county government offices and departments will be closed for nonessential personnel today. Their Emergency Operations Center remains active.

Annapolis

The Annapolis Department of Public Works is still clearing major streets, and the city anticipates the clearing of secondary roads to begin today, spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw said.

"It's a whole different animal with this storm," Wardlaw said. "This storm was different because of the winds and the drifting snow. In the past, when we have snowfall, we can get our plows out there and make our routes passable to the connector routes. This storm was challenging for our crews because as soon as they'd be able to make that emergency route passable, the wind would blow another several inches onto the emergency route and they'd have to plow it again."

City roads should be clear by Friday, officials said.

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides announced city government offices and departments will be closed for nonessential personnel today.

Harford County

The county government said it could take "at least" two days to clear all roads after the snowstorm, which dropped upward of 2 1/2 feet in much of Harford, according to preliminary snowfall totals.

County officials said they hope to have most of its 1,000 miles of roads plowed at least once by the end of the day Monday.

"Our outlook today, and we don't want to over-promise, we're trying to be real, but we're hopeful that at least 85 to 90 percent of county roads have at least one pass by the end of the day," Cindy Mumby, spokesperson for Harford County, said.

The county has 148 vehicles out plowing the snow, she said, including dump trucks, front-end loaders and backhoes and pickup trucks equipped with plows on the front. Other vehicles have also been contracted.

"We're working hard to get to as many subdivision roads today as possible. We're being conservative, but we are working hard to get to everyone as soon as possible," Mumby said.

Carroll County

County spokeswoman Deborah Lundahl said plow drivers were doing their best to reach every portion of the county in a timely manner.

Laurel

The timeline for when the city's 54 miles of roads will be cleared is not known at this time, according to the city's Facebook page. Neighborhood and side streets will be cleared after snow emergency routes.

Will the weather help?

Temperatures are expected to gradually warm-up into the middle of the week, popping above freezing briefly today. Some minor rain showers and temperatures in the mid-40s on Tuesday will help with the melt. While cold temps return later in the week, they'll return to the 40s again next weekend.

What about power?

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said this morning it had restored power to nearly all of the approximately 12,000 customers who lost power on Friday and Saturday.

As of noon, it reported about 287 customers without power across its service area. At the height of the storm, the peak number without electricity was 5,500.

BGE said its crews, with assistance from out of state utility workers, have been working around the clock to restore service to customers. On average, customers had power restored with two hours.

Crews came from 15 states, including as far away as BGE's sister utility ComEd in Chicago.

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