Snow Plow Monday

A county-contracted snow plow pushes accumulation snow off the side of West Main Street in New Market Feb. 1. 

With significant snow and ice expected early and often Thursday, the city of Frederick on Wednesday night declared a snow emergency.

Several hours later, Frederick County announced its government operations will be closed Thursday.

County COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled to Sunday, with appointment times remaining the same.

Parts of Frederick County are expected to see six inches or more of accumulation throughout the day.

Frederick Mayor Michael O'Connor urged residents to comply with the parking restrictions on snow emergency routes in order to help the city's public works crews with plowing and clearing the expected snowfall.

The last thing the city wants to do is to have to remove a vehicle because it's blocking a snow emergency route, O'Connor said.

Crews will focus on clearing and maintaining the snow emergency routes during a storm, followed by secondary and neighborhood roads, according to a city release.

Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks around their property within 12 hours of when the snowfall stops.

Anyone with a lot or part of a lot next to a city sidewalk must remove snow and ice and clear a path 4 feet wide or the entire width of the sidewalk, whichever is less, or they could receive a fine of up to $100, according to the release.

More information on the city's snow emergency can be found via

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(11) comments


Seriously, is it really an 'emergency'? Why is every time it snows in winter it considered an emergency? Half the country is working from home and businesses are restricted. We will shrive this.


I'm guessing that the Emergency designation is for traffic and parking control, TSM. Snow tires/chains vs standard treads, no street parking for snow removal, etc. It's just a formality.


We have over 4 inches of snow and it's coming down hard. Reminds me of northern New York.


It sure is beautiful out there this morning. And with the temperatures NOAA is predicting in a few days, I might not even bother clearing the driveway. I'm lovin' this retirement thing. [thumbup]


Retirement life is indeed great. I don't bother to get the snowblower out anymore unless we are going somewhere - which we are not. It'll melt in a few days.

Time to put a log on the fire and read a bit. Life is perfect at Bosco Manor. [thumbup]


Yeah, retirement sure is good. I worked outside since 1978, 42 years of bitter cold vs blazing heat interspersed with beautiful Springs and Falls. Around '90 or so I was setting brick points in the footers of townhouses being built here in Thurmont and the wind chill that day was 40 below. A few years later I was in S.C. working in heat indexes of 115 degrees. So I was apparently good for anything in between but, as I look outside this morning, I just give thanks that that's all over. Life is good (in spite of what fido would have people think. [lol])


[lol][thumbup]. Fido is just miserable and can't stand it that everyone isn't miserable with him, so, as you said, he tries to drag everyone else down. His latest try is that we played the race card first. [lol][lol]


Hell bosco, as quickly as fido and his cohorts always play the race card, how could we ever play it first if we were even so inclined? Now, I couldn't resist, I had to go out and play in the snow. The snowplow had a nice little berm built up at the end of the driveway so I figured I'd go out and fire up the blower, especially since I had to do the sidewalk anyway. And, being the "racist" that I am, I went ahead and did the sidewalk of the mixed race couple next to us. I hope they forgive me....


Hey CD, my neighbors on either side hustled out and cleared their driveways yesterday. Then we had freezing rain. This morning their driveways are sheets of ice. I just walked out to the mailbox on crunchy snow with no problems.

Nice of you to take care of your neighbors. Fido and Groggy could both find something to complain about I'm sure. You removed WHITE snow? You racist.


Beautiful day to work from home if you can.



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