Storm Center 1/19/24

CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS

(Presented by  Frederick Brick Works & Putman Plumbing)

❄ 🌩 JANUARY 19TH, 2024 🌨 ☀

Winter Storm Warning until 10pm tonight (1/19/24) 

Snow. High near 31. Northeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 

SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN IS IN EFFECT FOR FREDERICK, WASHINGTON, PRINCE GEORGES, MONTGOMERY, HOWARD, GARRETT, CARROLL, AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES. 

 

Frederick County Schools – Closed 

Montgomery County Public Schools – All Schools & offices closed (Code Red).  

Washington County Public Schools – Closed (Code Orange, buildings & offices open at noon.) 

Washington County Circuit Court – Closed 

Jefferson County Schools – Closed 

Morgan County Schools – Closed 

Berkley County Schools – Closed 

Carroll County Public Schools – Closed  

Loudoun County Public Schools – Closed  

Clarke County Public Schools – Closed 

Howard County Public School System – Closed (Code Red)  

Chambersburg Area School District – Closed  

Greencastle-Antrim School District – Closed  

Littlestown Area School District – Closed  

Gettysburg Area School District Morning and Afternoon virtual learning day. All evening activities are cancelled. 

Fairfield Area School District – remote learning day 

Waynesboro Area School District – Teacher In-service Day.  All administrative & school offices will be closed. Final decision regarding status of the “WASHS Pack the House” will be made by noon on 1/19.  

St. Thomas Moore Academy – Closed  

St. John’s Regional Catholic School – Closed  

St. John’s Catholic Prep – Closed 

Frederick Adventist Academy – Closed 

New Life Christian Academy – Closed 

Banner School – Closed 

Frederick Christian Academy – Closed 

Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg – Closed 

Children’s Works Early Learning Center of Frederick – Closed 

Children’s Works Early Learning Center of Walkersville – Closed 

The Learning Tree (Brunswick) – Closed 

 

Frederick Community College – Main Campus and Monroe Center – Delayed opening until 11, will update any changes by 9AM. 

Hood College – Offices will operate under the flexible remote option. 

Hagerstown Community College – closed today, January 19. All classes and activities are canceled. 

Shepherd University – Closed 

Montgomery College – Code orange – remote operations, instruction, student services and work. All Campuses and physical locations are closed.  

University of Maryland Baltimore County – Physical campus closed, remote learning and telework in effect 

OPM- pen – 2 hours Delayed Arrival – With Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework Federal agencies in the Washington, 

Frederick County Government – offices & facilities will be OPEN. Employees may use liberal leave for the day. 

Frederick County Circuit Court & District Court – Closed 

Maryland State Government Offices – Liberal leave for all counties & Baltimore City. 

Jefferson County Government and Courts – two-hour delay 

Frederick County Curbside Recycling – curbside collection for today (1/19). Today’s planned collection of “Red Thursday” will be postponed until tomorrow (1/20). Due to this new schedule, the “Red Friday” collection, scheduled for Sat. 1/20 will be canceled. Those in the Red Friday collection are encouraged to bring their bins back from the curb, reach out to their local municipalities about other recycling methods, bring their recycling to the Reichs Ford Road facility, or shelter 

Maryland State Police Troopers On Extra Alert This Labor Day Weekend

Residents are expected to be traveling to their favorite vacation destinations.

Pikesville, Md (KM) The roads could get a little busy this weekend. It’s the Labor Day Holiday, which is considered the unofficial end of summer; and a lot of people will be heading out to their favorite vacation spots to enjoy that last minute of  summer fun before autumn sets in.

The Maryland State Police will have extra troopers on the roads, according to spokesman Ron Snyder. “Many of these holidays where we expect an increase in traffic, we’re going to have additional troopers focusing on enforcement efforts dealing with impaired driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving to make sure everyone gets to their location this holiday season,” he says.

There will be an emphasis to keeping the highways safe from impaired drivers. “And we have our State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort–our SPIDRE Team–will also be out this weekend, along with our troopers from the barracks. Those troopers are trained and experienced to focus predominantly on locating and arresting  impaired drivers,” says Snyder.

If you’re planning a trip this weekend, he says don’t drink and drive, and pay attention to the road up ahead. That means putting down your cell phone. It’s illegal in Maryland to drive while speaking on a hand-held phone. Motorists can use a hands-free cell phone while driving.

As you’re driving   on an interstate highway and you encounter  a motorist who is not driving safely, you can call #77 on your cell phone and notify the nearest Maryland State Police barrack.

Labor Day parties are also a very popular way to close out the summer. If you’re attending such an event, State Police urge to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Don’t let a friend drive drunk, and if one of the guests drives home intoxicated, call the police.

Snyder says people hosting these parties also have some responsibilities. “Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure there are sober drivers if people are drinking. Arrange for alternate transportation. Have people spend the night if needed. Don’t be afraid to take away someone’s keys if you think they’re driving impaired if you’re hosting a party,” he says.

Maryland State Police say if you’re hosting a party, you can be held liable if one of guests who has consumed alcohol that you served at the party end up in an impaired driving crash.

In 2019, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office says 131 people died from impaired driving crashes, and 2100 were injured. During that same year, there were 183 deaths form distracted driving crashes and 17, 660 injuries. There were also 37 deaths from aggressive driving crashes, and 1,387 injuries.

“We want people to be able to have a good time on the holiday weekend, but do so responsibly,” says Snyder.

By Kevin McManus

QIAGEN Celebrates Major Expansion in Frederick County

QIAGEN officials cut the ribbon July 9 at their Ballenger Creek facility.


FREDERICK, Md. – The Frederick County Office of Economic Development and QIAGEN, a leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions, announced the expansion of QIAGEN’s operations in Frederick County, Maryland.

The expansion adds 40,000 square feet of space for a total of 75,000 square feet, underscoring QIAGEN’s commitment to continuing its groundbreaking work in supporting customers in the life sciences and in molecular diagnostics.

“This growth enhances our capacity while strengthening our presence in the region. The expanded facility will enable us to further innovate and meet customer demands for our advanced technologies,” said Antonio Santos, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Operations at QIAGEN.

“We are excited to have QIAGEN continuing to invest in our community and to have Frederick County be part of their journey,” County Executive Jessica Fitzwater said. “This expansion highlights Frederick County’s appeal as a prime location for leading-edge companies and reflects our ongoing commitment to fostering economic development and job creation.”