Storm shuts schools get out shovels, sleds

February 26, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

The snow that everyone knew was coming arrived on time this morning, closing schools in the city and each of the counties in the metro area.

Snow plans went into effect in the city and surrounding counties between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

There were several minor accidents in the city within the first two hours of the snowfall, police said.

Laurel Race Course canceled its 10-race card today.

Racing will resume tomorrow, weather permitting, a track official said.

While the leading edge of the storm was dumping snow here, the main body of the system was still back in the Tennessee Valley.

Bob Melrose, a forecaster for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, said he had predicted the snow would start falling at 2 a.m.

In the next hour, a quarter-inch of snow had fallen in the city, according to Mr. Melrose.

"Its going to be rough out there," he said.

He predicted that the city will get between 2 and 4 inches before the snow ends sometime this evening.

Southern and Western Maryland were expected to receive between 3 and 6 inches.

The snow immediately stuck to the roadways, as temperatures have been well below freezing for the past few days.

Road crews throughout the state were out even before the first flake hit the ground, spreading salt on roads in efforts to make driving a bit safer.

In the city, salt trucks that were on standby since befor midnight were spreading salt on the more than 100 primary routes.

Snow plows working in tandem cleared snow-covered Jone Falls Expressway, while motorists followed in their wake.

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