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Carroll County hit with snow as system moves through

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:13:00-05

CARROLL COUNTY — Snowfall turned to freezing rain Thursday as Carroll County schools and government closed due to weather. The wintery mix kept crews busy.

According to the National Weather Service the county's icy condition will continue until Friday morning, causing hazardous road conditions.

The NWS issued winter weather warning alert is in effect until Friday at 6 a.m. for large of parts of Maryland, including Carroll County.

"The roads are bad," said Rob Hamby. "Main ones have been plowed but you've got to watch out for the side roads."

WMAR 2 News found Hamby plowing a 7-eleven parking lot in Finksburg.

"We've got 12 gigs lined up," said Hamby, owner of Hamby's Handyman Service. "We're just salting, sanding and making sure people stay safe."

His co-worker Boyd Valley was busy shoveling.

"We've all got a role to play," said Valley. " So far the snow isn't too bad. We just take things slow and steady."

Maryland State Police said the snow emergency plan is in place for Carroll. Once activated, the emergency plan prohibits cars and other vehicles from parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes.

Parking is prohibited until the Snow Emergency is lifted and the streets are cleared of snow.

A check with the Carroll County Sheriff showed little to no crashes.

"As of 4 p.m. we have not responded to any crashes," said a department spokesperson.

"We're staying in for the day," said Al Kremen. He and his son were busy earlier in the day clearing their driveway and a steep hill leading up their home.

"We all help each other in the neighborhood," said Al.

"I was shoveling for about a half hour," said Al's son Mitchell. " Luckily neighbor my neighbor took a break and let me use his bigger snowblower for a little while."

As far as closures, Carroll County government, Carroll County Public Schools, and McDaniel College were closed Thursday because of the weather.

Carroll Community College announced Thursday morning that facilities would be closed but virtual classes and remote work would continue.

For CCPS, it was the third consecutive week in which a school day was canceled because of inclement weather. The Board of Commissioners’ weekly open session was postponed until Tuesday.