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Anne Arundel County Government Offices Will Close on Monday, March 3, 2014 Due to Inclement Weather

Publish Date: 03/03/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (March 3, 2014)—All Anne Arundel County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, March 3, 2014 due to an approaching winter storm. All essential and emergency personnel must report at their regularly scheduled time.


"If this storm tracks as forecast, it will be the most challenging storm of the season for Anne Arundel County," said County Executive Neuman.  "I urge all citizens to exercise extreme caution and only venture out on roadways if absolutely necessary.  The Emergency Operations Center and the Department of Public Works will lead our response to the storm.  We can all do our part by staying home and allowing road crews to do their jobs."


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area.  The forecast is for snow accumulations up to 14 inches with icy road conditions expected.  The Emergency Operations Center will activate at  class="aBn" class="aQJ"6:00 a.m. Mondaymorning to coordinate the response.  The Department of Public Works has also activated crews to work around the clock throughout the storm and during the recovery phase.


Based on the forecast, the Department of Public Works will provide the following published levels of service:

  • Provide immediate access on County-maintained roadways for responding public safety vehicles;
  • Provide bare pavement vehicular access on County-maintained arterial and collector roadways up to 36 hours after the end of the storm;
  • Provide passable vehicular access on County-maintained local roadways up to 3 days after the end of the storm;
  • Provide public safety by closing roads impacted by flooding, downed power lines, or other roadways safety hazards;
  • Provide employee and general public safety while performing road operations; and
  • Provide property and environmental protection while performing road operations.

Please utilize the following winter weather safety tips in preparation and during the impending storm:

  • If you must travel on the roadways, use extreme caution while driving. 
  • Keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you during slick conditions, maintain low speeds and turn on your lights to increase visibility.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  • If you must travel, clear all snow from your vehicle, and make sure your vehicle is properly winterized and equipped with all-season or snow tires.
  • Carry a survival kit:  flashlight, non-perishable food such as protein and/or energy bars, water, sand or other traction material and a shovel in your vehicle
  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather by wearing coats, hats (as much as 50% of body heat is lost through the head), scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens.
  • Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes to wick moisture from the body, including extra socks.  Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold in more body heat than cotton.
  • If shoveling snow, take frequent breaks to avoid over exertion.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Avoid alcohol and caffeine; they dehydrate the body and can cause the heat to be lost more rapidly, increasing the risk of hypothermia.Never leave space heaters unattended.
  • Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe usage.
As always, please check on elderly and disabled family, friends and neighbors.  Please bring pets indoors.  If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them.

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