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For Immediate Release: 2/12/2014
Snow Emergency Declared for Montgomery County: Begins Tonight, February 12, at 9 p.m.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has declared a Snow Emergency for Montgomery County beginning tonight at 9 p.m. County officials are urging residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
A Snow Emergency Declaration means that parking is prohibited along routes signed and marked as “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. Taxicabs operating in Montgomery County during declared snow emergencies are allowed to charge $2.50 extra per trip.
Residents are asked to move vehicles off-street if at all possible so snow plows can remove snow more efficiently.
Free parking in County-owned parking lots and garages only will begin at 9 p.m. tonight through midnight Thursday to encourage residents to park vehicles off-road in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills. Staff will assess conditions when the storm ends to determine whether free parking will continue to be offered on Friday. Note: Where parking is still permitted, payment will be required at on-street meters.
The best way for residents to receive timely severe weather and emergency notifications directly to cell phones and/or email addresses is from Alert Montgomery. The latest information about closings, delays and other snow-related updates are also available on the County’s website at or by calling the MC311 Call Center at 311 or 240-777-0311. The Call Center will remain open all night tonight. Or, follow Facebook or Twitter and use #mocostorm.
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Release ID: 14-060
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6507

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