Icy Roads Cause Overnight Accidents, Impact Morning Commute, Close Schools
Twenty-two accidents reported overnight. School schedule shifts to allow for end-of-semester exams for high school students.
Freezing rain, along with the winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service for Anne Arundel County, is predicted to end at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Light snow and freezing rain fell in the area starting Monday night, leaving roadways slick. The county said in a release that crews started treating the roads around 9 p.m. on Monday in preparation for the morning commute and that drivers should be careful because roads that appear wet could be icy.
Note the following schedule changes due to the inclement weather:
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) canceled school today
- All Anne Arundel County government offices will open two hours late
- Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities senior centers and nutrition sites are closed (no Senior Center Plus programs, no lunches, no nutrition programs and no van service)
Since high school exams were scheduled to begin today in the county, AACPS stated in an e-mail that the semester break will move back one day to Jan. 25 and 26. Schools will still dismiss two hours early on Jan. 19, 20, 21 and 24 (barring any inclement weather).
The AACPS website outlines possible scenarios, should weather be an issue this week, to allow four consecutive days of end-of-the semester high school exams.
- If weather causes schools to open two hours late from Jan. 19 to 24, the website states that students will report late and dismiss at regular times.
- If weather causes schools to close on Jan. 19 to 24, the website states that the school calendar will shift the winter break (currently scheduled for Jan. 25 and 26) so students will have four consecutive days of testing.
UPDATED 9 a.m. — Twenty-two motor vehicle collisions were reported overnight between 10 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Chief Michael Cox said most were attributed to the icy weather and none were serious.
Cox also reported that a woman on her way to Anne Arundel Medical Center to give birth this morning didn't quite make it in time. After pulling over near I-97 south and Hawkins Road, the woman gave birth on the side of the road around 5 a.m. Tuesday. The mother and baby, who were both fine, were transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center. — Stephanie Burke, Patch regional editor