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UPDATED Council Schedules Special Session on Snow Operations

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The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to hold a special session on Feb. 9 to discuss how the county performed before, during and after the Blizzard of 2016.

“Our Council will ensure accountability,” said Roger Berliner, vice president of the Montgomery County Council, on his Council website.

Berliner said his office received hundreds of emails from residents during and after the historic storm. “Most of those communications conveyed tremendous frustration and many questions about the manner in which our county performed the important responsibility of clearing our roads.”

Although the public can not testify during the session, Berliner said your input is important. He is asking you to send in your reflections and suggestions about how the county can improve for future weather events. You can write the Council vice president at Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov.

“I fully appreciate how hard and long our front line county staff worked,” Berliner said. “Nonetheless, I am convinced our county could have performed better.

The county’s snow plowing operations, snow map, sidewalk strategy and the MC-311 system are some of the topics that are likely to be discussed at the Feb. 9th session.

Read Berliner’s entire statement about the need for improvements after the storm, here.

Local and State Officials Highlight Areas of Improvement at County Council Snow Storm Briefing (VIDEOS)

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It’s has been more than a month since the historic winter storm buried Montgomery County in snow and on Tuesday, March 8, the County Council held a briefing with state and local officials to review storm response efforts. Officials estimated that the County spent approximately $40 million on snow removal, or $1 million per inch of snow. […]

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County Takes on Potholes (VIDEO)

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To take advantage of the forecasted warmer weather over the next few days, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced that the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will begin intensive efforts to fill the County’s potholes. According to a news release, this year’s historic winter storm, and fluctuation of temperatures over the past couple of months, has accelerated the […]

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SHA Urges Motorists to Avoid Travel During Rush Hour

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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is urging motorists to plan ahead and make alternative plans to avoid travel Friday morning due to a snow storm expected during rush hour. SHA crews will be out prior to the storm and have pre-treated roadways with salt brine. Forecasters are predicting the storm will […]

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NWS Issues Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County

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Winter is not over yet. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County, effective from 10 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Friday morning. According to the Advisory, accumulations may range from one to three inches. The precipitation is expected to begin as a rain and snow mix this evening, transitioning […]

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Five Things to Know Today, March 3, in Montgomery County

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Here are your five things to know today, March 3, in Montgomery County: 1. It may snow tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County. 2. Montgomery Parks staffers want to know what you think about the trail system. A Planning Board public hearing is scheduled today on the […]

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Hundreds Warned About Unshoveled Sidewalks, Few Cited Following Blizzard of 2016

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UPDATED There were hundreds of warnings but few tickets issued to Montgomery County property owners for failure to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice following the Blizzard of 2016, according to information obtained by MyMCMedia. In Montgomery County, there were 835 cases reported after the blizzard compared to 719 cases between Jan. 1 and […]

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Georgian Forest Elementary School Celebrates Snow Day Together (VIDEO)

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The Georgian Forest Elementary School recently used a snow day as an opportunity to bring the Silver Spring community together. MCPS-TV reports. Visit our PEG partner MCPS-TV to view more of its local programming.

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Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 15, in Montgomery County

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Here are your five things to know today, Feb. 15, in Montgomery County: 1. It snowed overnight and freezing rain is expected to follow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County that is effective from now thru Tuesday morning. 2. All Montgomery County recreation facilities are closed, today, […]

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NWS Issues Winter Weather Advisory for MoCo on Monday and Tuesday

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery County, that is effective from 1 a.m. on Monday to 10 a.m. on Tuesday. According to the advisory, residents should prepare for snow, sleet and freezing rain. There could be three to five inches of snow and sleet, and one-tenth of an inch […]

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NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch for Montgomery County, More Snow and Sleet

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Montgomery County, which is in effect from late Sunday night thru Tuesday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday night thru 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. Winds are expected to blow from the northwest between 20 to […]

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