The snow came fast and furious last week, blocking roads and shutting down schools for four days. About 28.5 inches of snow fell in Howard County over three days. The average for February is only about three inches, according to the Weather Channel.
Piled several feet high, the snow gave residents a chance to shovel away those winter calories. But they were no match for the plows, which still were clearing turning lanes and intersections early this week, said Andrew Daneker, chief of the Bureau of Highways.
The county has spent about $1.8 million on snow removal this fiscal year, more than twice what it had budgeted. So what is the county doing to prepare for the snow predicted to fall today? Daneker answered with one word: "Praying."