Fallout From Yesterday's Snow Proves Pretty Minor

January 08, 1991|By Staff report

County and state police had a relatively quiet day yesterday, despite daylong snowfall, with few serious accidents reported.

But Annapolis city offices closed at noon, county schools shut down early and two school buses were involved in minor accidents.

Baltimore Washington-International Airport reported 2 inches of total snowfall, while other parts of the county received an inch or 2 more. The snow had stopped by 5 p.m., but the National Weather Service issued another storm watch for this afternoon, predicting additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

Lt. Gary Scheckells, spokesman for the county Fire Department, said no one was injured in the unrelated school bus accidents, which occurred in Glen Burnie. Both buses were carrying high school students.

County police spokesman Sgt. Joseph Bisesi said officers responded to 41 accidents and 37 calls to assist motorists between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. yesterday. He said 14 peoplewere injured in accidents but did not know their conditions.

State police said driving conditions were not hazardous. "Nothing major happened, oddly enough," said Trooper Michael Gartside, who works at the Glen Burnie barrack. "The roads are pretty good out there. There are no major accidents."

Nevertheless, Annapolis city government offices shut down at noon -- including the administrative side of the Police Department. District Court in Annapolis and Glen Burnie also canceled its afternoon schedule.

County offices remained open, but non-essential workers at Fort George G. Meade had the afternoon off.

Charles Barnes, assistant chief of operations for the Arundel Public Works Department, said crews had an easy go of it on the roads yesterday. He said 54 trucks were used, and in most cases, sand and salt did not have to be used.

"It was the type of snow where we had good success at plowing," said Barnes, who said the wet snow was easy to clear.

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