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Bowie Receives County's Highest Reported Snowfall Total in Storm

The snowfall total in the city was about three inches less than the highest total measured in the state.

South Bowie in the snow at sunrise.|Photo submitted by Steven Duhig
South Bowie in the snow at sunrise.|Photo submitted by Steven Duhig
By Andrew Metcalf

The National Weather Service reported 4 inches of snow fell in Bowie during the storm that swept through the region on Thursday night, the highest total reported in Prince George's County.

The weather service predicted Thursday morning that between 1 to 3 inches would fall, but as temperatures dropped quickly Thursday evening it became clear more was sticking.

According to measurements submitted to the weather service different parts of Prince George's County received between 4 inches and 2.6 inches of snow during the storm. The highest reported total in Maryland was in Norrissville in Harford County where 7.5 inches were measured.

The snowfall led to the closure of schools in Prince George's County and safety warnings from government officials.

The State Highway Administration warned motorists Friday morning to avoid plows clearing roads and to use caution on the roads.

“The main concern facing motorists this morning is blowing snow that can quickly cover recently plowed lanes,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters, in a statement.  “Motorists need to have realistic expectations and use heightened caution and reduce speeds. Crews will continue applying chemicals but we warn people that any snow packed areas will be very slow to melt, even with salt or salt brine on the road.”

Show off your photos of the snow, post them on Patch's photo blog.
William H. Wilson January 04, 2014 at 07:35 AM
5" measured in Melford.
Wm D. H. January 04, 2014 at 10:25 AM
What other part of the county would have come up with a human to have cared enough to given a rats arse to measure, and then report it?

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