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Severe Weather and Closing Information

In an emergency, call 911

If you have a necessary, but non-emergency medical need, please call 410-887-2222 and speak to the officer on duty for further information.

The Bureau of Highways Snow Center is manned 24-hours a day during storms. The Snow Center coordinates between plow crews, emergency services and the community. The number at the Highways Snow Center is 410-887-3560.

County Closing Information and Policies

  • General Government Offices
    When general government offices are closed or operating under an altered schedule, information will be posted here and on the home page of Baltimore County's web site. Be sure to select your reload or refresh button at the top of your browser to ensure you are getting the most current closing information.

    • Employee Inclement Weather Policy
      If you are a Baltimore County government employee, please review the Inclement Weather Policy.

  • Public Schools
    The Baltimore County Public Schools publish general and individual school closing information on its website.

  • Trash, Recycling and Yard Materials Collections
    Even in inclement weather, collection generally will occur on the day scheduled, although not necessarily at the "usual" time. The purpose of this inclement weather policy is to clarify what residents should do when inclement weather prevents or interrupts collection of a material on the day scheduled. You may find more information about collection changes and additional weather-related links on the Trash and Recycling Collection changes page.

    Scheduled trash, recycling, and yard materials collections are running normally. All three drop-off centers, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, are open with normal operating hours.
  • Senior Centers
    During inclement weather or other emergencies,  listen to radio station, WBAL-1090 AM, for updated status of county senior centers.

    Senior Centers are open on a normal schedule.

  • Recreation Centers
    When public schools are closed, most of the Recreation and Parks programs will be canceled. Please refer to the Recreation and Parks inclement weather policy for more information.

  • CountyRide
    During inclement weather or other emergencies, listen to radio station, WBAL-1090 AM, for updated status of the CountyRide transit service.

    CountyRide is operating on a normal schedule.


  • Public Libraries
    Refer to the Baltimore County Public Library web site for updated library closing information.

  • District and Circuit Courts
    Under the Circuit Court's Inclement Weather Policy, the Chief Administrative Judge will announce court closings to local radio and television stations.

    • Current Status:
  • Jury Duty
    Jurors - Listen to WBAL radio station 1090 am for Baltimore County Public School closings and delays. Read more information on the policy for Baltimore County Jurors.

When the Snow Emergency Plan is in Effect for Baltimore County

  • vehicles traveling on the roads must be equipped with snow or all-weather radial tires or chains
  • no parking is permitted on designated snow emergency routes

During Snow Emergencies

Follow Snowfighter, Winter Storm Operations to find the latest snow updates and plow routes.

  • Never shovel or plow snow into the street.  It's illegal. It also could create a dangerous situation. Instead, to minimize the amount of snow plowed back into your driveway or parking lot, shovel snow into your yard. When shoveling around cars parked on the street, place the snow up on the curb and not back into the street.

  • You do not need to call the County have your road plowed. County snowplows follow mapped routes. Snow routes give first priority to clearing main roads, followed by community/subdivision streets, courts and cul-de-sacs.

  • County snowplow drivers do not intentionally block driveways or vehicles. Every effort is made to clear roads and storm drains to prevent icing conditions if remaining snow melts and refreezes.

  • Park your vehicles in a driveway or other off-street parking if at all possible. If street parking is necessary, try to get a neighbors to park on one side of the street. This will give snowplows access to clear more of your street.

  • Prevent flooding after snow and ice melt. You can help avoid potential flooding by clearing snow and ice around storm drains.

  • Get real-time traffic and weather reports (Opens a new window). This state web site provides "real-time" information, including live video, about Maryland's highway system.

  • Take proper steps for dealing with intense cold. Severe winter weather can be dangerous; residents should take certain protective measures.

September 2, 2014
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