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Clipper Brings a Surprise Snow Day


By Kevin O’Rourke

Tuesday’s snowstorm caught many by surprise. A winter weather event that was supposed to be a dusting south of Germantown turned out to be much more in many areas of the county.

However, in Germantown MoCoSnow.com predicted the possibility of up to three-inches of snow and that is exactly what was measured here at Germantown Pulse headquarters at about 1:30 pm after the storm had moved on.

While the only official National Weather Service report for Germantown said the snowfall total was just two-inches, we will are going to stick by what our ruler measured.

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Earlier this morning, there was a great amount of confusion as the storm’s intensity was higher than expected. Montgomery County Public Schools made an early call of a two-hour delayed opening at 4:30 am, which was what MoCoSnow.com had predicted yesterday afternoon. However, as the morning proceeded it became clear that the storm was stronger than forecasted.

Dana Tofig, public information officer for MCPS told Montgomery County Media that MCPS official talked to the County Officials and were informed that the County would need more time clear the roads, as a result MCPS decided to cancel school and gave MCPS students the first snow day of the school year.

While Tofig admitted to Montgomery County Media that decision to close school came a little later than MCPS and many administrators, parents, and teachers may have wanted, but the situation had changed.

“The storm brought a little more than expected,” said MocoSnow, which was out front of the storm this morning with tweets calling for schools to be closed at 8:44 am “This storm has overachieved. Roads are pretty bad, and I think schools should close for the day.”