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Jan Flora scrapes ice off her windshield along Paide Way in Westminster Monday January 8, 2018.
Jan Flora scrapes ice off her windshield along Paide Way in Westminster Monday January 8, 2018. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Winter weather meant the third long weekend in a row for many organizations in Carroll after school and government offices closed or shut down early Monday.

A precipitation mix of freezing rain, sleet and snowflakes, and pellets led to safety cautions over slippery roads, bridges and sidewalks.

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The precipitation began in Carroll between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and was expected to continue until about 7 p.m., said Brett Rossio, meteorologist with AccuWeather at 6 p.m.

Central Maryland operated under a winter weather-advisory between 1 and 7 p.m. The Snow Emergency Plan for Carroll County went into effect at noon.

A winter weather advisory is in effect across Central Maryland on Monday. Meteorologists are warning that a wintry mix of precipitation will make for slippery conditions on frigid pavement around Baltimore.

Chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Gregory Lotz said trucks went out at 9:30 a.m. and were still in operation as of 6:45 p.m. The bureau has approximately 77 trucks, he said.

According to the National Weather Service, air temperatures at Carroll County Regional Airport hit a low of 18 degrees in the morning, with wind chill pushing the numbers down into the single digits. The air temperature remained below freezing throughout the day with a high of 30 degrees.

But relief from the cold is coming.

“It’s going to be a nice warm-up coming later this week,” Rossio said.

Temperatures on Friday may approach 60 degrees, he said, though they’ll bring moisture and likely rainfall with them.

In the meantime, the wintry mix disrupted activities throughout the county as organizations sent people home early hoping to avoid the worst of the road troubles.

Carroll government offices, including the Circuit Court and District Court closed at noon.

In Westminster, Sykesville and Mount Airy government offices closed early and scheduled nighttime mayor and council meetings were not held. The Sykesville meeting was postponed until Tuesday evening and the Westminster meeting was canceled. No decision has been made when and if the Mount Airy meeting will be rescheduled.

Carroll County Public Schools dismissed classes three hours early and offices closed at 2 p.m. After-school activities were canceled. Those hoping to attend activities at Carroll County public libraries were also out of luck after they closed at 12:30 p.m.

McDaniel College closed at noon. Carroll County Community College was not far behind, closing at 12:30 p.m.

Desk officers for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack said there had been no major accidents due to weather as of 6 p.m. Monday. The Maryland Department of Transportation Coordinated Highways Action Response Team reported no weather-related incidents as of 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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