A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue throughout the day on Thursday in Montgomery County, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Connor Belak told Bethesda Beat Thursday morning that snow mixed with sleet started falling overnight. Up to an inch had accumulated in parts of the county by 9 a.m., he said.
“The sleet and snow has accumulated on area roadways, given the colder temperatures,” he said.
Belak said that after noon, precipitation will turn to mostly freezing rain, which could create a hazardous situation on area roads.
Warmer air with this storm, Belak said, is a factor in having more freezing precipitation than snow.
Moderate to heavy precipitation is expected Thursday evening into Friday morning. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.
By 10 a.m., about a half-dozen weather-related crashes had been reported, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said in a video posted to Twitter. The crashes included single-vehicle spinouts on Interstate 270, he said.
Montgomery County Public Schools posted on its website Thursday that virtual learning will happen as scheduled.
School buildings are closed and all in-person activities are canceled, the message stated. Central office functions will continue virtually.
County offices are closed Thursday due to the snow, and all county buildings, except public safety facilities, are closed according to the county’s website.
Essential employees are required to work remotely unless they are told by their supervisor to go to a worksite. Nonessential employees who normally telework are required to do so, and if they don’t normally telework, must check with their supervisor.
Normally scheduled trash and recycling collections have been postponed to Friday.
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