By Kevin O’Rourke
An early morning freezing rain storm on Monday, Jan. 12 has forced a delayed opening to many county offices, including all Montgomery County Public Schools and MCPS offices. Day care programs may open at 9 a.m. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule.
Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:30 a.m. or earlier are canceled.
Also, Montgomery College has delayed opening until 11:00 am due to hazardous weather and road conditions.
The freezing rain has also caused all Montgomery County government offices to open at 10:00 am on Monday, Jan 12. The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station will also open at 10:00 a.m. today, Monday, January 12, 2015, due to weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the Germantown area to go into effect at 10:00 pm Sunday night until 1:00 pm Monday afternoon. “Freezing rain will be possible through the overnight hours, eventually becoming plain rain by midday Monday,” the NWS advisory states.
“A thin glaze of ice could form on untreated roads, sidewalks and vehicles. Due to the recent cold waves some surfaces may become icy even with an air temperature slightly above freezing. Typically shaded areas, as well as bridges will be most susceptible to icing. The morning commut The Maryland State Highway administration crews are pre-treating metropolitan area interstates and other major roadways with salt brine as an initial measure to prevent ice accumulation ahead of Monday’s freezing rain event.
The Maryland SHA is urging motorists to delay or cancel early morning travel tomorrow as forecasters are calling for freezing rain overnight into the morning. As pavement temperatures throughout central Maryland remain below freezing, precipitation is likely to freeze on road surfaces making any travel extremely dangerous, said the Maryland SHA.
“With last Tuesday’s morning rush hour storm still fresh in our memories, we’re again strongly advising motorists to avoid or delay driving Monday morning to give our crews the time and room they need to safely clear the roads,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “With pavement temperatures below freezing, any overnight or early morning precipitation will likely cause icy conditions – making driving extremely dangerous. Consider taking transit or working from home while we take care of making the roads safe for travel.”e will be impacted,” according the NWS.