Rush Hour Snowstorm Closes Schools, Forces Delays
By Kevin O’Rourke
A snowstorm which is impacting the Thursday morning rush hour has now closed schools in Montgomery County. After initially announcing that schools would be delayed for two hours, at TIME MCPS announced that schools would be closed today, Thursday, Feb. 26.
Montgomery College has also delayed opening by two hours due to the weather conditions.
Federal Government offices will also delay opening by two hours with the option for unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework this morning.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Highway Services is expecting between 1-3 of snow accumulation, however, Montgomery County government offices will open on time.
At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, MCPS provided a report on how the decision to close or delay schools were made. MCPS has also released a video on the process and steps which go into the decision. It can be viewed at the MCPS website.
Drivers should use caution. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) strongly urges residents to assess the forecast and conditions early Thursday morning to determine whether to delay their commutes. Some forecast model updates are now showing the storm tracking more north with snow accumulation in the metro areas.
“Another storm is forecast to strike the region during the busy morning commute and it only takes light to moderate snow to have a significant impact on the heavily traveled metro areas,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Traveling during a storm is discouraged. We urge commuters to be safe and delay travel, allowing SHA to clear the roads.”