Baltimore Grabs a Shovel After Record Snowfall

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The sun is out, but there is a lot of digging to do to get back to normal after a nor’easter that dumped snow throughout Baltimore on Friday and Saturday.

The totals are looking like all-time highs. Unofficially, the 29.2 inches of snowfall from Jan. 22-23 at BWI clocked in as the most on record since record keeping began in 1892. National Weather Service spotters in the city showed a range with 27 inches at Pimlico to the north and 21 inches in Morell Park to the south. Outside the city, the high snow mark was 32 inches at Reisterstown. See all the totals.

The dig-out might take a while. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged residents to stay home Sunday as plows continued to clear roads. The only vehicles allowed on the road must have snow tires or chains. Baltimore City Public Schools will be closed on Monday.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said police received many fewer calls for service than usual during the storm. However, police were positioned at locations throughout the city. One officer stationed at the Royal Farms on Fleet St. in Southeast Baltimore was onhand just after midnight Sunday when a man pulled out a gun and announced a robbery on Saturday. After the officer diffused the situation and apprehended the robber, he discovered the weapon was a BB gun. About an hour earlier, police caught a teenager trying to remove an air conditioner from the building in the 900 block of Eden St.

The Baltimore Humane Society made a plea for community support as the snow piled up on Saturday. The small number of shelter staff were facing struggles keeping dog runs and other areas clear after a snowblower broke down.  On Sunday, the snowblower was back up and running, but the shelter still sought volunteers.

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