On Friday, January 22, 2016, snow began falling in areas around the state of Maryland that resulted in an historic snowfall. Snow flurries arrived at 3:00 p.m. on Friday in Baltimore County; ending late Saturday evening just before 11 p.m. With the final snowfall at the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport resulting in a measurement of 29.2 inches – the highest, record breaking snowfall since 1922.
Around the Baltimore beltway, however, totals ranged from a low of 23.5 inches to a high of 32.1. The totals were not the same in all areas. In some areas of Essex on the eastside and Catonsville on the west-side had some low measurements near the lows of 23.5, with drifts as high as 30-plus inches. The higher totals of 26.0 inches were found in Perry Hall in the northeast and Woodlawn on the southwest areas. Even higher measurements of 28.9 inches were found in some areas of Towson in the north. The highest totals of 32.1 inches were found in Reisterstown in the far northwest of the county and areas reaching to the Pennsylvania state line. But the official record is made at BWI at 29.2 inches.
As state and county road crews continue plowing, residents continue to shovel. Cars are uncovered and roads are passable. Various businesses closed along with schools, churches and many government buildings during the height of the storm. Recycling collections were also halted for the entire week, while trash pickups were left to the discretion of the trash collection contractors. Contractors were able to make many pick-ups as residents continued to shovel the necessary spaces.
However, now as things begin to return to normal, recycling collections will resume Monday, February 1. Trash and recycling collections will take place where and when the conditions permit. No alley pick-up will occur until further notice. Be sure to put all items for collection at the front curb only.
Churches reopened on Sunday, January 31 and schools will resume a normal schedule on Monday, February 1.
For more details visit the Baltimore County Solid Waste website.