Weather

UPDATE: SMECO Restores Power in Wake of Storm

UPDATE: SMECO Restores Power in Wake of Storm

UPDATE 3/15/2017 @ 6:00 p.m.: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has been working to restore service to customers affected by the storm that began causing outages early Tuesday morning. “SMECO had about 1,800 customers without power last night and that number was whittled down to 450 at 11 a.m. today. Crews have been working in...
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Charles County Public Schools Opening Two-Hours Late Wednesday, March 15

Charles County Public Schools Opening Two-Hours Late Wednesday, March 15

Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools are opening two-hours late Wednesday, March 15, 2017. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. The morning prekindergarten program is canceled. Visit the CCPS website, ccboe.com, or call the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656...
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Wind Advisory in Effect for all of Southern Maryland

Wind Advisory in Effect for all of Southern Maryland

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 8:00 am this morning to 6:00 p.m., this evening (3/15/2017). TIMING: After daybreak through this afternoon. Highest gusts expected late this morning into this afternoon. WINDS: Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts around 45 to 50...
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Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency in Maryland in Anticipation of Snowstorm

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency in Maryland in Anticipation of Snowstorm

Governor Larry Hogan today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland, beginning Monday, March 13 at 9:00 PM, in response to the winter storm which could bring significant amounts of snow to areas across the state. “Our state is taking every precaution and coordinating all available resources to respond to...
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Maryland State Police has Lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Charles County

Maryland State Police has Lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Charles County

UPDATE 3/14/2017: The Maryland State Police has lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Charles County effective at 1100 hours on March 14, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution while driving as they may quickly encounter different road conditions throughout Charles County. Drivers can view the latest road conditions on SHA’s website...
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Maryland State Police Troopers Being Reassigned to Storm Duty

Maryland State Police Troopers Being Reassigned to Storm Duty

State troopers not normally assigned to road patrol are being reassigned today to storm duty as the Maryland State Police joins other state agencies in preparation for the pending storm. Troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Automotive Safety Enforcement Division and Special Operations Division are being assigned to State Police barracks across Maryland...
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Urgent Winter Weather Advisory Issued

Urgent Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and sleet, which is in effect until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. PRECIPITATION TYPE: Snow mixed with sleet. ACCUMULATIONS: Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. TIMING: Snow will overspread the area this evening and persist through Tuesday morning....
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National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Charles County

National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Charles County

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington DC has confirmed a tornado near La Plata and Waldorf in Charles County MD on February 25 2017. National Weather Service personnel completed a ground survey along with radar analysis and concluded a tornado that peaked at low-end EF1 intensity with winds of 90 MPH produced damage...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 9, 2017

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 9, 2017

Updated Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 9, 2017 with a Code 2 for employees. St. Mary’s County Government: All St. Mary’s County Administrative Offices will open on time. Liberal leave for employees. All...
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Snow Emergency Plan Lifted for St. Mary’s County

Snow Emergency Plan Lifted for St. Mary’s County

The Maryland State Police has lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary’s County effective at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution while driving as they may quickly encounter different road conditions throughout St. Mary’s County.
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Snow Emergency Plan Lifted for Charles County

Snow Emergency Plan Lifted for Charles County

The Maryland State Police has lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Charles County effective at 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution while driving as they may quickly encounter different road conditions throughout Charles County.
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Charles County Government Operational Status for January 8, 2017

Charles County Government Operational Status for January 8, 2017

The following facilities and/or services for Recreation, Tourism, and Parks will be closed or canceled on Sunday, Jan. 8. Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High Indoor pools will be closed. All Community Centers and Port Tobacco Recreation Center will be closed. Scheduled basketball and indoor soccer games for Sunday have...
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St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for January 8, 2017

St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for January 8, 2017

Due to the winter storm, the following schedule changes are in effect: All Recreation and Parks programs and activities are cancelled and all facilities are closed. All youth basketball games scheduled in St. Mary’s County public schools for Saturday through Sunday have been cancelled. The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will resume operations at...
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Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties

Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties

The Maryland State Police has activated the Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties effective January 7, 2017. Current weather conditions and/or forecasts indicate that normal vehicular travel is or will become extremely dangerous. Motorists are encouraged to stay off of the roadways. This will allow emergency services and State Highway...
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St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for January 7, 2017

St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for January 7, 2017

Due to the winter storm impacting the county, the following schedule changes are in effect for Saturday, January 7: All St. Mary’s County Public School buildings and facilities are closed. All activities are cancelled for the entire weekend. Recreation and Parks programs are cancelled. An assessment regarding Sunday activities will be made later in...
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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Charles County

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Charles County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Charles County effective Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents are asked to minimize travel during these times as the snow will cause hazardous travel conditions. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility. The NWS issues a winter...
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Winter Storm Warning in Effect for St. Mary’s County

Winter Storm Warning in Effect for St. Mary’s County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 1:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday. * precipitation type snow. * accumulation potential for 5 or more inches of snow (3 to 6 inches expected). * timing late Friday night through Saturday afternoon. * impacts snow may result in significant travel...
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Special Weather Statement Issued by the National Weather Service

Special Weather Statement Issued by the National Weather Service

A Special Weather Statement has been Issued by the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington (Washington D.C., Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia) Sudden strong winds crossing Baltimore Washington area. An approaching cold front will bring sudden gusty winds and quickly dropping temperatures with it. Northwest winds will gust up to 30 to 40 mph...
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Update Re: State Police Response To Storm Related Crashes

Update Re: State Police Response To Storm Related Crashes

Updated information regarding Maryland State Police response to traffic crashes resulting from yesterday’s weather indicates troopers responded to more than 370 crashes across the state, most of which were minor, or did not involve personal injury. From midnight Friday, December 16th until midnight yesterday, Maryland state troopers responded to 377 traffic crashes.  Of those,...
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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Dangerous Road Conditions, Traffic Fatalities

Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Dangerous Road Conditions, Traffic Fatalities

Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement following multiple traffic fatalities due to dangerous weather conditions: “I strongly urge all Marylanders to use common sense and put their safety first by heeding all travel warnings from state and local authorities. Road conditions in many areas of the state are still extremely dangerous, and...
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Freezing Rain Advisory for All of Southern Maryland

Freezing Rain Advisory for All of Southern Maryland

A Freezing Rain Advisory now in effect until noon today. Hazard types: Freezing rain Ice accumulations: Up to a tenth-inch Timing: Periods of freezing rain will continue this morning. It  will change to rain as temperatures warm above freezing towards noon. Impacts: Hazardous travel is expected due to icy roads and walkways. Winds: South 5...
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State Highway Administration Prepares for Wintry Precipitation

State Highway Administration Prepares for Wintry Precipitation

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is making final preparations for winter weather expected to bring a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain to much of Maryland. For the past two days, crews pre-treated interstates and other major roads salt brine, which helps reduce the initial bonding of snow and...
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Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Season

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Season

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow lasting several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, it is important to be...
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Charles County Warming Centers Available During the 2016-2017 Winter Season

Charles County Warming Centers Available During the 2016-2017 Winter Season

The public buildings listed below are available as warming centers during regular business hours for frigid temperatures during the 2016- 2017 winter season: Capital Clubhouse 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf Open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily Charles County Public Library All branches La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue., La Plata P.D. Brown Memorial...
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Colder Weather Moving In – Stay Warm Safely

Colder Weather Moving In – Stay Warm Safely

Mild temperatures are on the way out and colder temperatures are in our forecast this weekend. The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) is reminding everyone that home fires are more prevalent in cold weather than in any other time of the year. This is due in part to an increase in cooking...
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