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 cityoffrederickmd.gov.