I dare say schools won't open in Central MD until the middle of next week, at the earliest, or when the temps go above 45 degrees for 2 straight days, which could be March. The Naval Academy doesn't count. Yeah, we've been out yesterday and today, and as it won't get above freezing today, we don't expect any of the snow to melt. It's only about four inches (10 cm) total, but this is the South.
PA closed about 400 miles of Interstate Highways due to this blizzard, resulting in traffic jams at the MD-PA line on I-81 & I-83.
I hate when they do that, in bad storms they'll shut down I-5 in Northern California simply because people are too stupid to drive in the snow. So you end up having to chain up and drive these two lane mountain roads that are 2000-4000 feet higher in elevation than the interstate, iced over and with a foot of snow on the road, just to get around the road blocks on the interstate that only has a couple inches of snow on it.
Surely, a vast majority of people overestimate their skills and can't drive in snow. One reporter stopped two men in a 4x4 truck who were on their way to work shortly after the city implemented Phase III of its snow emergency which ordered all vehicles off the road except for city emergency vehicles. Yet, many places like schools and hospitals ordered essential personnel to brave the conditions and report to work. Apparently, the law does not negate the obligation of essential personnel to report to work and this reporter didn't seem to get it (her father was the lead defense attorney in the Mayor's corruption case which resulted in her resignation).
I can't imagine the frequency of whiteout conditions on I-5 north of LA or the detours; I also doubt that those areas have seen 50 inches of blowing and drifting snow, which one would expect on I-80 (which shuts down for periods of time) going through the Sierras ... which are the same exact conditions the Mid-Atlantic has experienced for the past 6 days.
I give credit to MD for keeping Interstates and many primary highways passable during these conditions.
I'm actually talking about the Interstate north of Redding, CA...not LA. And no, it doesn't receive that much snow (which is largely why I think it was absurd to shut down the road, there may have been a foot of snow at the most), though the roads east and west of it through the mountains in the Cascades and Coastal Mountains, which I was forced to drive through, certainly do. And while if my responsibilities were in the region, I may very well have been excused because of the weather. But since they were in Idaho which was not affected by the storm, I was not...it's really not for the state to determine when I can and cannot drive, if I go to a remote area, get stuck, and get killed, that's my fault, no one else's.