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Blizzard of ’16 Approaches, MoCo Reacts

Here is a rundown of when County services will end in Montgomery County as the area prepares for the Blizzard of ’16.

Pursuant to section 15-6 of the Montgomery County Personnel Regulations, and in light of the forecast blizzard, County Executive Ike Leggett is declaring a general emergency, effective from noon today, January 22, 2016, until midnight Sunday, January 24. All County facilities will be closed during that period, excepting public safety facilities. Essential personnel must still report to work at their regularly scheduled times. The period of general emergency may be extended depending on conditions. Due to the revised NWS forecast now calling for an earlier onset of the snow, Montgomery County government will close at noon today, January 22.

The predicted earlier onset of snow has caused the following:

MC311, Montgomery County’s informational phone center opened at 6 a.m. today and will remain open 24-hours-a-day through the storm and recovery period. Call MC311 at 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Email at www.mc311.com.

County facilities, other than public safety, will close at noon today.

All Montgomery County Recreation programs, activities and facilities are closed or canceled from noon Friday, January 22 through Sunday, January 24. Updates will be made at a later time regarding operations on Monday, January 25.

Ride On bus service will cease operating at 7 p.m. today and will not operate through the weekend.

Parking is free in County garages and parking lots beginning at noon today through at least Monday, January 25 at 9:00 am.

All County provided recycling and refuse collections will cease at noon and the Transfer Station will close. No decision has been made at this time as to when collections will resume, or on what schedule.

All community use activities in schools will be canceled at noon on Friday and will remain canceled Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24.

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center will not be open to the public today through Sunday, January 24. Officers remain on duty to respond to animal emergencies.