Baltimore area stays cold, but snow stays to south

Possibility of more forecast for midweek

January 24, 2000|By Kris Antonelli and Todd Richissin | Kris Antonelli and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF

National Weather Service forecaster Andy Woodcock said he never promised Baltimore area residents a snowy Sunday.

"It was a snow advisory," Woodcock said. "So we weren't forecasting anything major, only 2 to 4 inches."

Woodcock said no snow is in the forecast until Wednesday -- maybe, he stressed.

"Right now, on Wednesday, it looks like the storm is going to go out to sea," he said. "My guess is that there will be a chance of snow."

As for yesterday, a low-pressure system that produced several inches of snow in Tennessee was moving toward Virginia on Saturday, he said, giving areas south of Washington a better chance of snow than points north, such as Baltimore.

"I still thought Baltimore could get about 2 inches," Woodcock said.

While Baltimore barely received a dusting yesterday, it snowed throughout the morning in Southern Maryland and eastern Virginia, Woodcock said.

Woodcock blamed media reports for the impression that the Baltimore-Washington area was due for significant snowfall yesterday.

"It's a perception that people have every time we mention the `S' word," he said. "Even when we say there is going to be light snow."

Room at a premium

Forecasters, however, were on the money when they predicted it would be plenty cold.

With overnight temperatures in the teens, shelters were kept busy housing and feeding the homeless.

"We have a few beds left but there's not a lot of extra room," said Pastor Joyce Galloway, who runs Antioch Church Shelter & Home in the 2900 block of Harford Road in East Baltimore. "Where we run into problems is finding room for large families."

Sixty of the shelter's 65 beds were filled all weekend, Galloway said.

School calendars

School kids who were hoping for several more days off after last week's snow might be disappointed.

Baltimore City schools have two of the three snow days built into this year's calendar remaining. School ends June 16 if all days are used, earlier if not.

Baltimore County has used three of its allotted seven snow days -- Thursday and two during Hurricane Floyd in the fall.

With schools closed Thursday and Friday, Anne Arundel County has used all four snow days built into its calendar.

County schools also were closed Sept. 16 and 17 because of Hurricane Floyd. If another emergency closing occurs before Feb. 1, schools will be open Feb. 21, the Presidents Day holiday. If schools are forced to close for an emergency after Feb. 1, the day will be made up April 20, a spring vacation day.

Harford County also has used all four snow days it set aside.

Carroll County schools have used two of the four snow days it scheduled -- one Thursday and one for the hurricane in September.

Howard County, which doesn't build snow days into its calendar, has canceled school for inclement weather three times this school year. It will try to make them up during the academic year, or add days if necessary, a spokesman said.

Midterms pushed back

Another change in Howard: Students in the 10 high schools are to have a full day of classes today rather than being dismissed at 10: 30 a.m., as originally planned.

Superintendent Michael E. Hickey said midterm exams will be held tomorrow instead of today. Exams will continue through Friday instead of Thursday, he said, and students will be dismissed early on each of the testing days.

Snow days

Allotted Left

Anne Arundel 4 0

Baltimore City 3 2

Balto. County 7 4

Carroll County 4 2

Harford County 4 0

Howard County -- --

(Howard allocates no snow days. it makes up snow closures by adding days to the schedule.)

* Through Jan. 21.

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