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Germantown, MoCo Prepares for Late Winter Snowstorm

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Germantown and all of Montgomery County, effective at 2:00 pm Monday, March 13 through 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 14. Due to the dangerous weather conditions predicted, Montgomery County community members are encouraged to prepare for heavy snow, high winds that may reduce visibility to less than a quarter-of-a-mile for over three hours and power outages.

“Snow will overspread the area Monday evening and persist through Tuesday morning,” said the National Weather Service. While the NWS is calling for “Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches” some areas including parts of Germantown, Boyds, Clarksburg, and Damascus may receive 12 to 14 inches of snow, according to other reports.

“The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines,” said NWS. “Winds will be northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.”

In terms of the storm’s effect on MCPS schools. There is no official word from MCPS yet on if school will be closed or delayed on Tuesday.

MoCoSnow.com, which makes predictions as to whether the weather will require school to be closed or delayed, has issued the first prediction for this storm of four pencils. MoCoSnow.com said, “While I’m pretty confident we will have the day off, there’s a solid chance this storm underperforms (even if it does, we will still likely have the day off). Due to the wide range of possibilities that come with this storm, our Pencil Prediction for Wednesday will come on Tuesday afternoon.”

Earlier today the Maryland State Police announced it would be reassigning troopers for storm duty. “State troopers not normally assigned to road patrol are being reassigned to storm duty as the Maryland State Police joins other state agencies in preparation for the pending storm,” said Maryland State Police.

“Maryland state troopers will be ready to assist motorists and respond to other calls for service where needed,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said. “It is important for everyone to heed travel warnings and other safety information in order to reduce risk for themselves and to decrease the demand for public safety services during the storm.”