Wednesday, February 10, 2010


We are officially snowed in, again. We are in the process of getting 10-20 more inches of snow with 40 mph winds. Baltimore has closed all roads (except for emergency vehicles)declaring a level III emergency. Life inside the seminary is the same as always, but no classes! I woke up this morning and thought my window had fogged over, it had not. The snow as so thick I could not see out. My car is no longer visible and there are said to be 4 ft snow drifts.

Some interesting quotes from the WJZ news website this morning:

"Our goal here for the next 48 hours is going to be to keep the highways passable for emergency vehicles and also for certain vital commerce that has to go on, including what we hope are resupplied salt trucks that are coming back to our salt dumps," O'Malley said. (O'Malley is the governor)

All the power companies are advising us they do expect widescale power outages tomorrow," Muth said. "They are at full force. They are standing by ready to respond to them."

Some streets remain untouched and the city has only plowed some other secondary streets once.Note: Some streets are still unplowed from the 30 inches of snow on Friday/Saturday!

The Airport has cancelled all flights again. Leaving BWI having been closed From Friday Afternoon-Sunday Afternoon and Tuesday Afternoon- (currently closed through Late Thursday).

Special Weather Statement
Statement as of 11:33 AM EST on February 10, 2010

... Extremely dangerous winter weather conditions continuing this
afternoon for the Baltimore-Washington region... central and western
Maryland... southern Maryland... and the eastern Panhandle of West

Do not attempt to drive this afternoon. Life threatening blizzard
conditions are occurring across the region and will continue through
early evening. The Maryland State Highway administration is urging
all Maryland drivers to stay off the roads due to the extreme
weather conditions. The city of Baltimore has implemented phase iii
of their snow plan... which means that only emergency vehicles are
allowed on the Road.

Wind gusts over 40 mph are occurring throughout the area... coupled
with falling heavy snow and blowing snow... producing white-out
conditions across the region
west of the Chesapeake Bay. These
conditions will continue through early this evening before gradually
subsiding after 8:00 PM.

While all regions in the area are experiencing extremely dangerous
conditions... Baltimore County... the city of Baltimore... and Anne
Arundel and Harford counties in Maryland are experiencing
particularly perilous winter weather conditions through 3:00 PM.

People are encouraged not to panic... but to simply stay
inside... enjoy your favorite indoor activities... and ride this storm
out... the hazardous conditions will be improving later this evening.

If you get stranded in your vehicle... do not leave your car to try
to walk for assistance... you can quickly become disoriented in
wind driven snow and cold. This storm will subside early this
evening... so wait in your car for emergency help to arrive.
Periodically run your engine for about 10 minutes each hour for
heat. Ensure your exhaust pipe is cleared of snow and ice. Crack
your windows to avoid Carbon monoxide poisoning. Tie a colored cloth
to your cars antenna or window to be visible to rescuers. From
time-to-time... move your arms... legs... fingers... and toes to keep
blood circulating.

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