Early Snow Blankets the Area and Closes Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, March 21, due to emergency weather conditions. All school-sponsored and community-use activities in school buildings are canceled. All administrative offices are open. Daycare programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled.
The storm which entered the area overnight began dropping snow and sleet in the area at about 5:30 am. Initially, at 5:00 am MCPS declared that schools would open two hours late and informed the public that the decision would be reevaluated at 7:00 am. At 6:50 am, MCPS announced that it would stick with the two-hour delay and schools would open.
But, about an hour and a half later, as reports of slick roads and steadily falling snow were coming in throughout the County, at 8:38 am MCPS issued an “URGENT UPDATE: Based on an updated forecast with worsening weather conditions, MCPS schools are now CLOSED.”
Montgomery College has closed for the day, all classes have been canceled, and MCPS has canceled all school-sponsored, and community use activities in schools are canceled except for Childcare.
The storm is the earliest measurable snowfall in the Washington DC area since 1996 when the area received 0.2 inches of snow. The weather conditions made traveling around the area hazardous, there were numerous reports of collisions and spinouts on area roads, including one on Damascus Road near Viewland Road in Damascus which resulted in a utility pole coming down and an overturned vehicle. Police also closed a portion of Barnesville Road due to collision and slick conditions.