The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory to warn Friday morning commuters of the potential for freezing drizzle and rain.
The Advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Friday, with sleet and freezing rain expected to start after 9 a.m:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM EST FRIDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM EST FRIDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN…FREEZING DRIZZLE…AND SLEET.
* ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN A TENTH-INCH OF ICE.
* TIMING…FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL START DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE…WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ARRIVING AFTER 9AM. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO RAIN FROM EAST TO WEST DURING THE MIDDAY.
* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
* IMPACTS…FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL AFFECT THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE. ROADS WILL BECOME ICY AND SLICK…ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
Metrobus service will be restored on all routes at 7 a.m., but WMATA officials are warning of some route adjustments and delays.
Metrobus will operate under a moderate snow service plan, which means snow detours will be used to keep buses off hilly streets, narrow side streets and other problem areas. Get detailed maps here.
Montgomery County government is open Tuesday with liberal leave in effect for non-essential employees. The federal government offices are open with a 2-hour delayed arrival.
As you’ve probably heard, MCPS has closed school for the second straight day Tuesday.
Montgomery County snow removal operations have not yet reached many neighborhood streets. Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, said crews hope to have snow removed by Tuesday afternoon:
Schools closed again Tues. County DOT expects to have neighborhood streets plowed by afternoon.
— Ken Hartman (@kenatwork) March 4, 2014
Beach Drive has been reopened but remains closed at East-West Highway (the intersection of East-West and Jones Mill Road) in Chevy Chase because of ice.
Also, here’s your obligatory reminder to be careful because of that ice. Near-record low temperatures overnight mean plenty is leftover on roadways and sidewalks.
Flickr photo by Bill in DC
(Update at 8:35 p.m.) The National Weather Service is warning of near record-low temperatures on Monday night and early Tuesday:
…ICY ROADS AND ABNORMALLY COLD CONDITIONS TONIGHT…
CLEAR AND CALMING CONDITIONS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DROP TO NEAR RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT. INTERIOR AREAS CAN EXPECT LOWS AROUND ZERO DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. EVEN WITHOUT A WIND CHILL DUE TO LITTLE OR NO WIND…THESE TEMPERATURES CAN LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA ON EXPOSED SKIN IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. FURTHERMORE…ROADS REMAIN SNOWY AND ICY FROM SNOWFALL EARLIER TODAY.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTSIDE TONIGHT…PLEASE TAKE EXTREME CAUTION AND DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE CONDITIONS.
Temperatures are expected to drop to the single digits, with negative wind chills.
(Update at 7:10 p.m.) MCPS is closed on Tuesday. Here’s the announcement:
All MCPS schools are CLOSED on Tuesday, March 4. Offices open on time. Day cares in schools may open on time but check with your provider.
— MCPS (@MCPS) March 4, 2014
(Update at 7 p.m.) We’re hearing reports that a snow plow truck hit a power line in Woodmont Triangle, which has caused almost 700 Pepco customers to lose power. According to Pepco’s outage map, power in the East Bethesda and Woodmont Triangle areas should be restored by 8 p.m.
Also tonight, Montgomery Parks announced it will close Beach Drive at 7 p.m. because of icy conditions.
(Update at 6:30 p.m.) The Town of Chevy Chase is warning its residents that dwindling salt and sand supplies might mean a longer than usual process for clearing its streets and sidewalks:
Town crews continue to clear Town streets; however, this effort has been more difficult and time consuming than anticipated because the County has severely limited the amount of salt and sand available to the Town and other down-County municipalities due to a supply shortage. The Town was not able to pre-treat the roads before the snow began and is now applying salt and sand in limited quantities in order to melt the snow. The Town is trying to secure more salt and sand from other sources.
The Town’s sidewalk snow removal program has begun, and we anticipate that the sidewalks will be clear by midday tomorrow (Tuesday).
Montgomery County announced this evening that Ride On will operate under a normal schedule on Tuesday. Passengers should anticipate some delays because of icy roads.
The county also announced that it hopes to have all county-provided recycling and trash collections that were canceled Monday performed on Tuesday. Trash collections will slide one day later than normal, so Tuesday collections will happen Wednesday with Friday collections set for Saturday.
With frigid temperatures, the snowy and icy road conditions are expected to remain tomorrow morning:
Snowy and icy road conditions are expected tomorrow morning, so the trucks may run a bit behind their normal schedule. If a street is not passable in the morning, the crew will attempt another pick up again at the end of the day. Streets remaining unplowed by late Tuesday will be serviced first-thing Wednesday morning. By the end of the day on Wednesday, the Division of Solid Waste Services expects all Monday and Tuesday routes to be complete.
(Original 4 p.m.) After about five inches of observed snow on Monday in Bethesda, Montgomery County will lift its Snow Emergency at 5 p.m.
Parking will remain free in county-owned lots and garages.
As for snow removal operations, the county’s MCDOT Storm Operations Map shows work continues on primary neighborhoods roads with most neighborhoods roads untouched.
Officials are urging motorists to be careful. Main roads appear to be in much better condition than this morning, when the heaviest of the snow was falling.
The MC311 Call Center will again remain open all night. Call 311 or 240-777-0311.
The county is providing limited Ride On bus service until 10 p.m., when the last bus trips will leave from Metro stations. Core routes that will operate are Routes 1, 5, 8, 15, 16, 17, 23, 30, 34, 43, 46, 47, 55, 56, 59, 61 and 100. Passengers should expect delays, with bus service every 30 to 60 minutes.
WMATA earlier on Monday announced all Metrobus service will remain suspended for all of Monday. Metrorail never closed.
An trained spotter for the National Weather Service reported exactly five inches of snow at the Dalecarlia Resevoir. That measurement happened at 3:25 p.m.
Photos via TrafficLand.com
The USPS put out a press release asking customers to clear enough snow from curbside boxes so that mail trucks can approach the box, deliver the mail and drive away “without danger or the need for backing.”
The release also asked that all walkways and stairs be cleared of snow and ice to allow enough traction so that mail carriers don’t fall. From the release:
Whether mail arrives on foot or by postal vehicle, the letter carrier needs access to the mailbox to deposit mail. Please make sure the mailbox itself is visible and free of snow and ice, and make sure it is safely accessible for your letter carrier. Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared.
A very snowy winter has caused delivery issues for USPS in Bethesda, where some homeowners say they have gone a week at a time without mail. In January, local USPS officials said mail delivery may have been suspended for two days in parts of Bethesda because of snow and ice.
More complaints popped up in February after last month’s 12-inch snow storm. Some said they didn’t get mail for as long as eight days.
USPS officials put part of the blame on the winter weather and Presidents’ Day Holiday. But mail carriers said they were told to end their deliveries by 6 p.m. regardless of weather.
That prompted an inquiry from a number of local members of Congress.
On Monday, the USPS made it clear: It can’t deliver the mail if a mail box is inaccessible.
Flickr photo by Nicole’
Updated at 11:20 a.m.
Roads The snow fall hasn’t stopped, which means Montgomery County Department of Transportation crews are still working on clearing major roads.
From Montgomery County:
Snow crews remain focused on keeping emergency routes, main roads and secondary roads passable for emergency vehicles, ensuring that every household is within one-half mile of a cleared road. Once the snowfall ends later today, crews will complete plowing main roads and then focus on neighborhood streets.
All Ride On bus service remains suspended due to hazardous weather conditions. Ride On will monitor weather and road conditions today and determine when service may be restored. Bus service will only be restored when it is safe to do so.
Trash and recycling collections are canceled today.
What’s Open? Metrorail. That’s it as far as transit goes.
Sports Extra (7817 Old Georgetown Rd.) is open for its regular 10 a.m.-7 p.m. hours. Anyone who makes it in will get a 10 percent discount. Bethesda Bagels (4819 Bethesda Ave.) and Old Georgetown Grille (7755 Old Georgetown Rd.) are open for anybody who feels like leaving the house for breakfast. Georgetown Square Beer and Wine (10400 Old Georgetown Rd.) is also open. Brickside Food & Drink (4866 Cordell Ave.) is open for its normal 4 p.m.-1 a.m. hours with happy hour pricing all night.
Westfield Montgomery Mall is planning to open at noon, though stores within the mall may have different schedules. Mussel Bar & Grille (7262 Woodmont Ave.) and Wildwood Kitchen (10223 Old Georgetown Rd.) will be open for lunch and dinner.
If you have a Bethesda, Chevy Chase or North Bethesda business that will be open Monday, let us know. We’ll add it.
What’s Closed? County government, the federal government, MCPS, Metrobus, Ride On and the Bethesda Circulator are all closed or have suspended service on Monday.
That has left quiet roads Monday.
Parking is free in county garages on Monday. Make sure not to park on streets that are Snow Emergency Routes. Cars parked in those areas will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Power Outages? Fewer than five customers are without power in Wood Acres as of 9:30 a.m. The possibility of freezing rain put Pepco officials on standby for downed lines and outages.
(Updated at 7:15 p.m. Sunday) The National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon predicted 4-8 inches of snow for late Sunday night and Monday.
MCPS announced schools will be closed on Monday. Federal government offices will also be closed.
The NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire area on Sunday morning, then shifted its projected snow total downward at about 2 p.m.:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST MONDAY…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN…SLEET…AND HEAVY SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO ONE TENTH INCH OF ICE…FOLLOWED BY 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.
* TIMING…RAIN CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET FROM NORTH TO SOUTH THIS EVENING THEN BECOMES HEAVY SNOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.
* TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING…THEN DROPPING INTO THE LOWER 20S OVERNIGHT AND MONDAY.
* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS TO 25 MPH LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO ICE AND SNOW THROUGH MONDAY. BOTH THE MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON RUSH HOURS WILL BE AFFECTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE COMBINATION OF ICE AND HEAVY SNOW.
That’s enough for Montgomery County to declare a Snow Emergency starting at midnight.
Parking at county garages on Monday will be free all day Monday:
Snow Emergency Declared Beginning at Midnight
A Snow Emergency for Montgomery County has been declared beginning at midnight tonight. With freezing rain and heavy snow expected through tomorrow, County officials urge residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
A Snow Emergency Declaration means that parking is prohibited along routes signed and marked as a “Snow Emergency Route.” Vehicles parked on emergency routes will be ticketed and towed. During a Snow Emergency, vehicles on the road must have all-weather or snow tires or chains. Residents are asked to move vehicles off-street if at all possible so snowplows can remove snow more efficiently. Taxicabs operating in Montgomery County during declared snow emergencies are allowed to charge $2.50 extra per trip.
Free Parking in County-Owned Lots and Garages
All County parking lots and garages will offer free parking beginning at midnight tonight through Monday.
311 Call Center to Open at 10 p.m. and Remain Open All Night
Due to the worsening weather forecast, the Montgomery County 311 Call Center will open at 10 p.m. tonight and remain open all night and through the day Monday. Residents can report issues associated with the storm, such as downed trees, by calling 311 or 240-777-0311, or visiting the website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311.The TTY number is 301-251-4850.
A potentially wet and messy storm is heading our way Sunday night, another winter episode to keep an eye of in a season full of snow and ice.
Forecasters across the board are saying it’s hard at this point to tell if the storm will bring snow, ice, sleet, rain or some combination of all four.
Here’s a sampling of what area weather watchers are saying as we head into the weekend:
Monday Snow Probabilities
Chance of at least 1″: 50% (60% north & west burbs)
Chance of at least 4″: 25% (35% north & west burbs)
As we’ve said over the past couple days, the metro area will likely be in or near the wintry mix battleground between primarily snow to the north and primarily rain to the south. The models continue to advertise that the storm will likely start as rain as early as late Sunday afternoon or as late as Sunday evening or overnight, developing first in the far north and west suburbs and then spreading south and east. Rain likely transitions to mixed precipitation overnight (rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are all possible) from northwest to southeast. Then the big question is if and how early Monday precipitation transitions to mostly or all snow, before ending by or during Monday evening.
Some of today’s models have trended colder and snowier for Monday, while others have trended warmer and more toward mixed precipitation. Even the models we trust the most are still wavering from run to run, and that inconsistency means we still can’t say with much confidence how much of each precipitation type will fall and where.
Storm scenarios (note: the lines depicted are not authoritative, they’re highly generalized)
Track 1: This scenario would play out should the boundary between warm/cold establish itself near us and the low tracks either over the region, or just to the south. Warm air thrown in front of the system, and a lack of cold air to reinforce throws the rain/snow line back deep into Pennsylvania.
Track 2: This scenario involves a low tracking through southern Virginia or northern NC. This scenario involves more cold air to start with so precipitation starts frozen and stays frozen along I-95 including Washington and Baltimore. Areas far N/W stay all snow. This is the scenario the models appear to be shifting away from
Track 3: Southern track even more south of Track 2 would push the mixing line to I-95 and deeper into the Eastern Shore as the push of cold air in front and behind are stronger. This is the solution models seem to be heading towards
Mark Ellinwood (Mad US Weather):
Forecast models are having a tough time trying to decide what they want to do with DC's mix/snow potential Sunday into Monday.
— Mark Ellinwood (@markellinwood) February 28, 2014
Howard Bernstein (WUSA9):
Hey DC! With the rain to sleet and snow potential of Monday, it's going to be tough to make accumulation forecasts. Stay tuned….
— Howard Bernstein (@hbwx) February 28, 2014
Weather.com: Freezing rain/sleet on Monday with a 90 percent chance of precipitation.
AccuWeather.com: Rain Sunday night into Monday, when it will become an icy mix. Monday will get colder with periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain in the afternoon with 1-3 inches of snow.
Last week’s weather made it easy to forget that it’s still winter. According to the National Weather Service, we’ll get another reminder of that overnight as more snow is headed for the area.
The NWS has issued another Winter Weather Advisory for tonight, from 1 a.m. to noon Wednesday. About 1-3 inches of snow is expected, which could make Wednesday’s morning commute difficult:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.
* TIMING…SPREADING EAST BETWEEN 2 AND 4AM. SNOW WILL END BY NOON.
* TEMPERATURES…MID TO UPPER 20S.
* WINDS…LIGHT AND VARIABLE…BECOMING WEST AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH BY NOON.
* IMPACTS…SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL AFFECT THE WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE. UNTREATED ROADWAYS WILL BE SLICK.
Most of the snow has already come, but the National Weather Service on Tuesday morning issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 2 p.m. for much of the D.C. metro area, including Montgomery County.
Snow has yet to accumulate on roadways and sidewalks. From the NWS:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.
* TIMING…THROUGH 2PM.
* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30.
* WINDS…WEST 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…UNTREATED ROADWAYS WILL BE SLICK.
Snow left untouched in front of homes is a clear sign that nobody’s home and might have led to a weekend break-in in Potomac.
According to folks in the Coldspring neighborhood, a home near Falls Chapel Way and Wooden Bridge Road was burglarized either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Police reportedly told residents that a snowed-in driveway might have led burglars to the house, a common occurrence after heavy snow.
If you are traveling, it might be worthwhile to contact someone to help remove your snow.
Those who think their county-maintained street may have been missed by snow plow crews can email Highway Services at highway[at]montgomerycountymd[dot]gov.
Montgomery County put out the announcement on Saturday morning.
Snow plow crews on neighborhood streets may not scrape snow and ice down to bare pavement, but the county is double-checking to make sure all streets are made passable this weekend.
The county Department of Transportation is using a record 650 pieces of equipment to move snow from urban districts, widen cleared paths at intersections and clear all neighborhoods.
In downtown Bethesda, the county sent in front-end loaders and trucks Friday around midnight to haul out large snow piles, according to Bethesda Urban Partnership Executive Director Dave Dabney.
Dabney said the piles from road plow operations were unavoidable and hauling is the best option in the central business district. He expects the hauling operation to take a couple days.
All community use activities in MCPS elementary and middle schools are cancelled Saturday. Community use activities in high schools are continuing as scheduled. Visit the county’s Community Use of Public Facilities site for Sunday updates.
Montgomery County government is closed Friday as crews work on plowing streets for the second straight day.
At 4:30 a.m. Friday, the county Department of Transportation Storm Operations Map showed crews were still working to clear emergency and primary neighborhood roads. When those roads are clear, everyone in the county will be within a half-mile of a plowed road.
Many of those routes had been cleared by Thursday afternoon. A second leg of snow Thursday night covered those roads again, forcing plow operators to circle back and pull away from any neighborhood street operations.
Keith Compton, chief of the Highway Services Division for the MCDOT, said Thursday to expect the entire operation to last several days. The county later said that meant it should take 35-40 hours to clear the roads once the snow ended.
Montgomery County said it has 600 total pieces of equipment working in its snow removal operation, the most ever. Contractors work in 12-hour shifts. County crews started early Thursday morning and Compton said they must keep relatively normal sleep schedules so that they’re rested for the long haul.
State Highway Administration crews are responsible for major state routes, such as Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, East-West Highway and Old Georgetown Road.
Both Compton and County Executive Isiah Leggett said MCDOT had enough equipment going in. The county was already over its snow removal budget for the season, but Leggett said Wednesday that would not curtail any plowing or salt operations for this week’s storm, the area’s biggest this winter.
Bethesda and Chevy Chase got about 12 inches of snow from Wednesday night to Thursday morning and then another roughly one inch later Thursday.
Another 1-2 inches is possible with a separate storm system moving in from the west that should reach the area late tonight into Saturday morning.
With wide-ranging snow totals across the county and snowed in neighborhoods, MCPS cancelled school Friday for the second straight day.
The federal government is operating on a two-hour delayed arrival and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework.
For the second straight day, Montgomery County-provided recycling and trash collections won’t be made. The county’s Shady Grove Transfer Station will be open with normal hours. The county will not slide Thursday and Friday’s schedule to the weekend, so there will be no collections on Saturday and Sunday.
If you had paper recycling cart repairs or pickups scheduled for February 13 or 14, those pick-ups will be made on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday Feb. 19. Remember that Monday is Presidents’ Day, which means regular pick-ups for next week will all slide one day back. The last collection day will be Saturday, Feb. 22.
Image via Montgomery County Department of Transportation
(Update 5:15 p.m.) Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has declared the county’s Snow Emergency will extend through Friday.
That means to keep parked cars off of Snow Emergency Routes or risk getting towed at your own expense. Parking in all county garages and lots will again be free Friday. County officials are encouraging residents of downtown Bethesda to move their cars off the roads and into those lots.
You can track the county’s progress plowing roads with its snow removal tracker.
(Update 4:40 p.m.) Montgomery County says it has 600 pieces of equipment helping in snow removal operations, the most ever.
(Update 3:15 p.m.) MCPS has announced that schools will be closed on Friday for the second straight day.
Snow totals from the first part of the Wednesday night-Thursday storm varied from 12-18 inches across the county.
(Update 1:05 p.m.) A reminder that a second leg of this storm is on the way tonight. It could add 2-4 additional inches of snow. Here’s the latest chatter from the National Weather Service:
…BRIEF LULL IN THE STORM THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE SNOW RETURNS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING…
AT 1 PM….TEMPERATURES EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS HAVE RISEN ABOVE FREEZING IN MOST LOCATIONS. THIS HAS HELPED CHANGE THE PRECIPITATION EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE FROM SNOW TO A MIXTURE OF SLEET…RAIN…AND DRIZZLE. WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE…SNOWFALL IS CONTINUING. THESE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID AFTERNOON. HOWEVER…TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO FALL AGAIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON
…AND COUPLED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVING THROUGH THE REGION…SNOW WILL RETURN ONCE AGAIN TO THE REGION LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND LAST UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
GENERALLY…THE REGION WILL RECEIVE ANOTHER 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL…WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNT WITHIN THIS RANGE EAST OF INTERSTATE 95. THEREFORE…RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO THE REGION SHOULD NOT CONSIDER THE STORM OVER…INSTEAD…SNOW WILL RETURN BETWEEN 4 PM AND LAST THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
(Update 12:45 p.m.) Ride On will resume limited service focusing on service to hospitals from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday. That means Routes 1, 5, 8, 15, 16, 17, 23, 30, 34, 43, 46, 47, 55, 56, 59, 61 and 100. Passengers should expect delays, with bus service every 30 to 60 minutes.
Also, Brickside (4866 Cordell Ave.) is opening early on Thursday. The bar and restaurant will open up at 1 p.m.
(Update 11:30 a.m.) A few have reported that they are open Thursday. Mon Ami Gabi (7239 Woodmont Ave.), Equinox (4905 Elm St.), Quartermaine (4817 Bethesda Ave.), Cafe Deluxe (4910 Elm St.) and Bethesda Bagels (4819 Bethesda Ave.) are all open on Bethesda Row.
Grapeseed Bistro (4865 Cordell Ave.) is officially closed, but chef Jeff Heineman might have some soup for you if you stop by as he preps for Valentine’s Day.
(Update 10:15 a.m.) Keith Compton, chief of the Highway Services Division for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, said in a 10 a.m. conference call that crews are still working to clear primary and secondary county roads. Compton said at least one lane has been cleared on those 900 lane miles and he expects all lanes to be cleared on Thursday afternoon.