Severe Weather Policies
General Government Offices
When general government offices are closed or operating under an altered schedule, information will be posted on the Severe Weather and Closings page and on the home page of Baltimore County's website. Be sure to select your reload or refresh button at the top of your browser to ensure you are viewing the most current closing information.
If you are a Baltimore County Government employee, please review the Employee Inclement Weather Policy.
Administrative Hearings and Code Enforcement Hearings
If Baltimore County Government offices are closed as announced on radio or TV stations, all hearings are automatically canceled and new dates will be set and mailed.
If Baltimore County Government offices are opening one or two hours late as announced on radio or TV stations, morning hearings will also begin one or two hours later than scheduled. The afternoon schedule will not be affected.
Code Enforcement hearings follow the Baltimore County Circuit Court schedule: if the Circuit Court is closed, all hearings are canceled and will be rescheduled. In the case of delayed opening, all cases will be heard when the Circuit Court is scheduled to open.
Board of Appeals
Hearings and public deliberations scheduled before the Board of Appeals are subject to the Inclement Weather Policy of the Board of Appeals.
During inclement weather or other emergencies, listen to radio station WBAL-1090 AM for the updated status of the CountyRide transit service.
District and Circuit Courts
Under the Circuit Court's Inclement Weather Policy, the Chief Administrative Judge will announce court closings to local radio and TV stations.
In the event of inclement weather, Baltimore County jurors should listen to local news stations for Baltimore County Circuit Court closings and delays. Do not follow closings and delays for Baltimore County Public Schools or Baltimore County Government.
If courts are closed: No jurors should report and you will not need to reschedule; your name will go back into the juror pool for random selection in the following calendar year. If courts have a one- or two-hour delayed opening, reporting time for jurors is delayed in the same manner.
The Baltimore County Public Schools publish general and individual school closing information on its website.
Refer to the Baltimore County Public Library website for updated library closing information.
During inclement weather or other emergencies, listen to radio station WBAL-1090 AM for the updated status of County senior centers. Note: Baltimore County Senior Centers are not announced with the list of schools. They are included in the list of other closings which WBAL makes at approximately 20 minutes after the hour and again at 10 minutes before the hour. If the inclement weather announcement indicates senior centers are opening on a two-hour delay, they will open at 10:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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 Real-Time Weather, the Winter Storm Operations page, to find the latest snow updates and plow routes.