MoCo Snow Blog: Blizzard 2016

This is your source for the latest blizzard news from across Montgomery County. For more snow news, visit our MoCo Snow page. We hope you will contribute your updates and photos for this blog as well. You can email photos to pix@mymcmedia or Tweet images and updates @MyMCMedia, #MoCo #Snow. You can also follow us on Facebook. Stay safe and stay warm!

Jan. 29, 10:52 p.m. Highway services crews continue work on Friday night in Rockville.

Jan. 29, 5:35 p.m. Warmer temps this weekend should help melt the mounds of snow still on the ground in Montgomery County.

Jan. 29, 5:11 p.m. You can get help from MC-311 online tonight and thru the weekend.

Jan. 29, 3:42 p.m. Rockville’s Snow Emergency will end at 5 p.m. today.

Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signs executive order ending state of emergency.

Today, I signed an Executive Order rescinding the State of Emergency that has been in effect since last Friday.The…

Posted by Larry Hogan on Friday, January 29, 2016

Jan. 29, 7:59 a.m. The creativity of some St. Elizabeth School students is on display in the snow in Bethesda.

Jan. 29, 7:45 a.m. Seniors centers will open at 10 a.m. today.

Jan. 29, 7:42 a.m. Montgomery County’s aquatic centers, offices and recreation centers will open on time.

Jan. 28, 10:15 p.m. Snow plows are clearing more lanes on Rockville Pike.

Jan. 28, 7:44 p.m. MyMCMedia’s Willie James Inman has been following the “Dig Out” in Montgomery County. He filed two reports today.

Jan. 28, 7:41 p.m. A week after the Blizzard of 2016, our Snow Blog Series is coming to an end. We are going to miss these daily dispatches.

Jan. 28, 7:32 p.m. Montgomery County’s 311 system resumes normal operations on Friday.

Jan 28, 5:51 p.m. County recreation senior centers will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 for drop-in use only.

Jan 28, 5:49 p.m. County recreation centers, aquatic centers and offices will open on time, Friday, Jan. 29. All classes, activities and programs are canceled.

Jan. 28, 4:10 p.m. MCPS announces no school on Friday. Weekend activities will continue as scheduled.

Jan. 28, 3:12 p.m. The MC311 call center will remain open tonight until 10 p.m. The call center will resume normal scheduled hours beginning Friday, Jan. 29.

Jan. 28, 12 p.m. The Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville was damaged by snow. County officials notified Peerless Rockville of the damage on Monday. There was damage to the the roof and sandstone cap and several bricks fell to the walkway.

Jan. 28, 11:56 a.m. The latest from MoCoSnow about Diamond Elementary in Gaithersburg:

Jan. 28, 11:53 a.m. Snow removal continues on neighborhood streets.

Jan 28, 10:52 a.m. All lanes of Goldsboro Road have reopened.

Jan. 28, 9:47 a.m. Goldsboro Road closed between River Road (MD-614) and Radnor Road (MD-190) due to icy conditions.

Jan. 28, 9:03 a.m. Montgomery County Public Schools is providing free lunch to all students at 12 sites this afternoon.

Jan. 28, 7:54 a.m. Watch out for black ice.

Jan. 28, 7:52 a.m. Be cautious on the roads today.

Jan. 27, 9:07 p.m. Some local grocers are waiting for deliveries to restock the shelves.

Jan. 27, 9 p.m. There’s praise for Pepco after the storm.

Jan. 27, 9 p.m. Snow plow contractors are at work at the Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Jan. 27, 8:38 p.m. The latest from Montgomery County Recreation:

Jan. 27, 8:36 p.m. Montgomery County’s latest winter storm update.

Jan. 27, 5 p.m. Montgomery County government offices will open on time on Thursday.

Jan. 27, 4:14 p.m. MCPS announces no school on Thursday.

Jan. 27, 2:23 p.m. The latest from Montgomery County’s Highway Services:

Jan. 27, 11:55 a.m. What to do if your street was missed? The latest from Montgomery County Highway Services:

Jan. 27, 11:32 a.m. Check out this igloo in Takoma Park.

Jan. 27, 11:28 a.m. MCPS is offering free lunch to all students today at three schools.

Jan. 27, 11:27 a.m. Free parking at county garages extended to Thursday morning.

Jan. 27, 6:54 a.m. All lanes of Southbound I-270 at Montrose Road are now reopened.

Jan. 27, 6:17 a.m. Local lanes of Southbound I-270 at Montrose Road are closed at this time due to an earlier accident.

Jan. 26, 6:52 p.m. Montgomery County government offices will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Jan. 26, 4:58 p.m. MCPS officials announce schools will be closed on Wednesday.

Jan. 26, 4:23 p.m. The City of Rockville will reopen Wednesday. Recycling and refuse collection is canceled for the week.

Jan. 26, 3:51 p.m. Still no word from MCPS about the status of schools on Wednesday but crews are clearing the buses at the Crabbs Branch Way depot.

Jan. 26, 3:50 p.m. Montgomery County reports that Circuit and District courts will be closed on Jan. 27.

Jan. 26, 2:38 p.m. State Highway Administration crews are working on clearing the ramp, below, at River Road and I-495. Crews got  on site at 1:45 p.m. today, according to SHA spokesperson David Buck.


Jan. 26, 1:24 p.m. At a news briefing at the Bethesda Depot today, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said residents should see a snow plow do at least one pass down your county street by 7 a.m. tomorrow. If not, call the county.

Jan. 26, 12:13 p.m. SHA Spokesperson David Buck reports that snow removal is slow going. Things may not be back to normal until at least the weekend. Read the story, here.

Jan. 26, 10:35 a.m. Snow continues to block the access ramp from River Road to I-495 today, see below:

Jan. 26, 10:34 a.m. The U.S. Postal Service is asking residents to clear walks for mail carriers.

Jan. 26, 8:45 a.m. Slow plow crews are working on the CCT again today.

Jan. 26, 8:25 a.m. Need help shoveling? Snow Crew can help.

Jan. 26, 8:03 a.m. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will provide a storm operations update from Bethesda at 1 p.m. today.

Jan. 26, 8 a.m. Just a reminder that Montgomery County offices are closed today. Free parking is available in county garages until 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Jan. 26, 7:58 a.m. Highway services crews worked thru the night to clear roads.

Jan. 26, 7:45 a.m. A freezing rain advisory has been issued for Montgomery County until 11 a.m. today.

Jan. 26, 7:43 a.m. Watch out for icy patches this morning.

Jan. 25, 10:24 p.m. A pedestrian was struck by a snow plow on Georgia Avenue tonight, according to a Montgomery County fire and rescue official.

Jan. 25, 9:50 p.m. Federal offices in D.C. are closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 9:49 p.m. Plowing operations continue thru the night.

Jan. 25, 9:48 p.m. Montgomery Parks officials announces that all facilities are closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 9:46 p.m. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will provide an update on snow plow operations at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Bethesda.

Jan. 25, 9:46 p.m. Some good advice from the Mayor of Washington, D.C.:

Jan. 25, 9:45 p.m. The latest from Montgomery County’s highway services:

Jan. 25, 9:41 p.m. WSSC announces offices will be closed on Tuesday and provides an update on the water main break in Silver Spring.

Jan. 25, 9:31 p.m. The city of Gaithersburg will be closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 7:25 p.m. City of Rockville government will be closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 5:44 p.m. At dusk, snow plow operators continued to work on clearing area streets in Bethesda.

Jan. 25, 5:41 p.m. The latest from Montgomery County Public Schools: administrative offices and schools closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 5:38 p.m. Montgomery County government will be closed on Tuesday. Free parking in county garages is extended to Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Jan. 25, 5:25 p.m. It may take more than five guys to move this snow in downtown Kentlands.

Jan. 25, 4:52 p.m. A snowy snafu sign is spotted on eastbound River Road to I-495.


Jan. 25, 4:12 p.m. The latest storm summary from the National Weather Service:

Jan. 25, 4:05 p.m. Montgomery County Circuit Court and District Courts will be closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 4 p.m. Montgomery College will be closed on Tuesday.

Jan. 25, 3:53 p.m. Council member Roger Berliner is reminding residents to dig out their fire hydrants.

Jan. 25, 3:51 p.m. We are receiving reports from across the county of neighbors helping neighbors and crews working as fast as they can to clear neighborhood roads and parking lots.

Jan. 25, 2:46 p.m. Rockville city officials report that fifty percent of the secondary roads have been cleared. Snow removal efforts continue.


Jan. 25, 1:05 p.m. Some beautiful snow scenes from Washington Grove today, below:



Jan. 25, 12:55 p.m. Montgomery County firefighters are responding to a partial roof collapse at a church building on New Hampshire Avenue. There is no report of injuries.



Jan. 25, 12:39 p.m. Ledo’s Pizza in Wheaton is donating pizzas to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless but help is needed to get the pizzas to the shelter. Can you help?


Jan. 25, 12:36 p.m. The State Highway Administration has posted information about where to get info about local roads.


Jan. 25, 11 a.m. Metro is slowly getting back to normal.


Jan. 25, 10:55 a.m. Highway services crews are hauling snow away in Wheaton.


Jan. 25, 10:11 a.m. The latest on Montgomery County Council meeting cancellations:


Jan. 25, 9:08 a.m. Final snowfall totals have several Montgomery County towns high on the list:


Jan. 25, 9:02 a.m. The latest information about Metrorail’s limited service:


Jan. 25, 8:59 a.m. The snowy conditions are not stopping some residents from getting out and exercising today.


Jan. 25, 8:58 a.m. WSSC crews are working a 12-inch water main break at University Boulevard and Piney Branch Road.


Jan. 25, 8:56 a.m. Montgomery County officials are asking residents to stay off the roads today as the clean up continues.


Jan. 25, 8:54 a.m. Highway services are now working on the residential streets.


Jan. 25, 8:52 a.m. The great dig out continues today in Montgomery County. Here’s a look at the morning sunrise:


Jan. 24, 9 p.m. City of Rockville officials are asking residents to keep vehicles off the road while the snow cleanup continues.


Jan. 24, 8:59 p.m. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that state offices will be closed on Monday.


Jan. 24, 8:58 p.m. The Maryland State Police Department has been busy responding to calls for service.


Jan. 24, 8:56 p.m. The Snow Emergency remains in effect. Do not park on snow emergency routes.


Jan. 24, 8:47 p.m. Montgomery County has posted its latest storm update on its website. County government offices are closed on Monday and local officials are asking residents to stay off the roads while the snow cleanup continues.

Jan. 24, 3:13 p.m. A Montgomery County spokesperson tells MyMCMedia that over 60 people stayed at the county’s emergency shelter at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park last night in Gaithersburg. Today, there are over 55 people at the shelter. County Executive Ike Leggett plans to stop by the shelter later this afternoon.

Jan. 24, 2:42 p.m. Montgomery County Public Schools announces that schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.


Jan. 24, 2:06 p.m. Metro extends overnight parking until Tuesday.


Jan. 24, 2:04 p.m. Montgomery County announces government will be closed on Monday. That means no trash or recycling service.


Jan. 24, 2:03 p.m. Montgomery County officials say crews are hauling away record amounts of snow.


Jan. 24, 9:57 a.m. Free parking in Montgomery County parking lots and garages extended to 9 a.m Tuesday, Jan. 26.


Jan. 24, 8:53 a.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer is reminding residents and their pets to stay off icy ponds, etc.


Jan. 24, 8:52 a.m. County road crews continue to treat primary roads and emergency routes.


Jan. 24, 8:37 a.m. Montgomery Parks has released a list of the best sledding hills in our area.

Sledding Girl - Expressing Joy

Jan. 24, 8:32 a.m. Montgomery Parks and the Department of Recreation want you to build a snowman. See contest rules, below:


Jan. 24, 8:31 a.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer is asking residents to stay off the roads today.



Jan. 24, 8:28 a.m. Crews have been out all night clearing the CCT.


Jan. 24, 8:26 a.m. The National Weather Service has released its latest snow totals and Germantown is at the top of the list in Montgomery County with 33 inches.

Jan. 24, 8:22 a.m. The great dig out begins today.

car in snow Gaithersburg

Jan. 24, 8:18 a.m. The sun rises over mounds of snow in Gaithersburg.

sunrise Gaithersburg snow

Jan. 24, 7:42 a.m. This just in: Maryland State Highway Administration crews report that I-270 and I-70 are now open to traffic. Governor Larry Hogan closed the highways last night so crews could clear the roads of snow and ice. According to SHA, crews are still plowing and treating roadways.


Jan. 24, 7:39 a.m. These impressive icicles, below, were sent in by Montgomery Community Media Board member April Kaplan overnight.

ice icicles cold freeze

Jan. 24, 7:36 a.m. Just a reminder: there is no Ride On bus service today.


Jan. 24, 7:28 a.m. Area airports are reporting extensive cancellations and closings.




Jan. 24, 7:26 a.m. Make sure your exhaust vents are not covered by snow.


Jan. 24, 7:25 a.m. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford has some advice if you are out shoveling today.


Jan. 24, 7:22 a.m. Local officials want you to stay off the roads today.


Jan. 24, 7:20 a.m. Just a reminder: Metro is closed today.


Jan. 24, 7:19 a.m. Good morning! The sun is going to help melt all this snow today.


Jan. 23, 9:48 p.m. Montgomery County’s 311 call center remains open if you need them.


Jan. 23, 9:47 p.m. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein visits crews in Bethesda to discuss snowstorm.


Jan. 23, 9:26 p.m. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman says 30 inches of snow fell in the city. He says overnight plow shifts are doubling down on residential streets and he asks residents to avoid the roads thru at least midday Sunday.

Jan. 23, 9:18 p.m. Maryland State Police have an important message for motorists: “Travel on any Maryland road tonight is extremely hazardous. If you go out, you jeapardize your safety and hinder highway snow removal efforts.”


Jan. 23, 9 p.m. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan orders the closure of I-270 and I-70 so crews can clear snow from the roadways. The roads are expected to reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday.


Jan.23, 8:13 p.m. Another report of a disabled tractor trailer. Again, it happened at MD 355 and MD 109. See below:


Jan. 23, 7:45 p.m. Have you measured the snowfall at your house?


Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Montgomery County and the Red Cross have activated the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg as an emergency overnight shelter. It is now open for those in need.

Jan. 23, 6:46 p.m. We hope you will check out the fabulous snow photos we have received today from across the county on our You Report page.

Jan. 23, 6:34 p.m. Earlier today, MyMCMedia’s Maureen Chowdhury found out that the snow is nearly waist high in Gaithersburg.


Jan. 23, 6:33 p.m. A Potomac resident sent these photos following an afternoon walk.


Jan. 23, 6:32 p.m. Send us your snow photos: email photo to


Jan. 23, 6:31 p.m. Looking to go out for dinner in your neighborhood?


Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Several horses were rescued from a barn in Poolesville after a partial roof collapse.


Jan. 23, 5:46 p.m. Germantown Pulse reports that police in the Upcounty are asking people to stay home. See below:


Jan. 23, 5:43 p.m. A Montgomery County fire official says MCFRS is operating under Condition Red and Blue Alert. Plows are helping rescue crews get to their destinations.


Jan. 23, 4:18 p.m. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the State Highway Administration’s Operations Center in Hanover. Earlier today, the Governor directed all statewide agencies to keep Marylanders informed. The Maryland Unites Hotline is available for public inquiries: 1.888.756.7836.

Jan. 23, 4:!7 p.m. Highway Services crews are working around the clock to clear primary roads and emergency routes.


Jan. 23, 3:55 p.m. Clarksburg has recorded 27 inches of snow, according to the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service.


Jan. 23, 3:43 p.m. Fire Rescue Spokesperson Pet Piringer reports partial roof collapse at barn in Poolesville with some horses trapped under the debris.


Jan. 23, 3:42 p.m. Snow plow stuck on neighborhood street in Germantown.


Jan. 23, 2:45 p.m. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman reports that the power is back on at the Saybrooke community.

Jan. 23, 1:45 p.m. Montgomery County highway crews battling white out conditions as they work on primary roads and emergency routes.


Jan. 23, 1:41 p.m. Got Cabin Fever? Quarry House is open in Silver Spring.


Jan. 23, 1:35 p.m. Maryland State Highway Administration crews are reporting a crash in #MoCo that has closed northbound I-270 at Route 109.


Jan. 23, 1:31 p.m. Some traveling advice from the city of Gaithersburg, below:


Jan. 23, 1:17 p.m. Takoma Park officials report a tree down near Spring Park. Pepco crews are on site.


Jan. 23, 12:15 p.m. Over 1,500 Pepco customers are without power in Montgomery County now, according to online outage maps. Crews are working to restore power in Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, according to a Pepco spokesperson.

Jan. 23, 11:04 a.m. The City of Gaithersburg is preparing to open the Activity Center at Bohrer Park to use as a shelter for emergencies, according to Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman. Staff is on the way to prep the facility now.

Jan. 23, 10:56 a.m. The National Weather Service has posted new snow fall totals. Poolesville is reporting 22 inches, Gaithersburg has seen 21 inches, and Germantown is reporting 20 inches.


Jan. 23, 10:52 a.m. A video tweet that may make you smile:


Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. Officials at the National Weather Service says the radar can be deceiving, and that heavy snow conditions continue to develop. The message? “Stay indoors.”


Jan. 23, 10:21 a.m. There are over 600 Pepco customers without power in Montgomery County, according to online outage maps.

Jan. 23, 10:11 a.m. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman asks people to stay off the streets. According to Ashman, snow crews are 90-percent thru the first round of plowing but the Mayor says roads are still not safe. Ashman said crews have been at it for ten hours. “It’s gonna be a long day, but we’ll get it clear,” he said.



Jan. 23, 9:40 a.m. The National Weather Service has posted the latest snow totals and Montgomery Village is reporting over 20 inches and Gaithersburg is right behind with 19 inches. Show us how much snow has fallen at your house: email photos to

Jan. 23, 9 a.m. Snow is falling hard and fast in Montgomery County. At the headquarters of Highway Services, officials report that 15 inches has fallen. Crews continue to treat primary roads and emergency routes. It’s an “uphill battle.” We’ve posted some tweets and photos, below, from across Montgomery County.












Jan. 22, 11:05 p.m. Snow totals are highest in the Upcounty: the National Weather Service reports seven inches in Poolesville and six inches in Gaithersburg. See Tweet and link, below, for more details:










































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