Today was our third snow day, which means the school year will now be extended until June 14, 2019.

Other dates in 2019 identified as possible make-up instructional days, for any future snow days, include: April 17, April 18, and June 5.

Spring Break remains untouched for now.

The snow squall that came through this afternoon brought heavy snow and winds that gave many a quick coating, but that’s not going to be the story tomorrow.

The Wind Chill Advisory starts at 9pm tonight and runs until 10am tomorrow.

Temperatures will drop into the low single digits overnight in the county. Wind chills or RealFeel temps will be in the negative teens!!!

The last two times we had similar temps/wind chills (2018 and 2015), MCPS called for a delay the evening before. In 2015 then-MCPS PIO Dana Tofig stated there wouldn’t be much of a difference from 7am-9am in a WMAL interview, but the county still ended up delaying just hours after it was said.

We know it’s all about safety, but I’m sure the fact that we’ve had 1.5 days off for 2 inches of snow is in the back of the decision maker’s minds.

On the other side of things, we might have a few slick spots left over and we’re adding the brutal cold. Two hours may not do much, but it lets the sun come up and that helps a bit.

Official Prediction for Thursday, 1/31:

Based on similar situations in the past, I don’t think a day off is likely…but it’s not impossible. If history repeats itself, we’ll have a delay.

As always, the free MoCoSnow iOS apps will have specific percentages and will be updated as any info that may sway my opinion comes in.

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Pencil Prediction for Thursday, 1/31

44 thoughts on “Pencil Prediction for Thursday, 1/31

  • 01/30/2019 at 4:20 pm
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    Do you think closing school today was the right thing to do, or was it not necessary?
    Should we have stayed on delay?

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    • 01/30/2019 at 4:21 pm
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      It was necessary based on how schools looked. Roads were fine for the most part.

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      • 01/30/2019 at 4:22 pm
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        So there was ice in the school areas?

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          • 01/30/2019 at 4:24 pm
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            Ok that makes sense.
            There was ice this morning in the parking area of my apartment building too.

  • 01/30/2019 at 4:40 pm
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    If information changes a lot that it is worth noting will you make a updated post?

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  • 01/30/2019 at 4:43 pm
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    2hr delay official

    S: Alert MCPS
    Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on January 31, 2019 due to forecasted subzero wind chills. MCPS will continue to monitor conditions to ensure the safety of students and staff. If closure is needed, an announcement will be made by 7 a.m. Administrative offices will open on time. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:50 a.m. or earlier are canceled. Childcare programs may open as scheduled.
    CCC

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  • 01/30/2019 at 4:46 pm
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    Can closure still be possible?

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  • 01/30/2019 at 6:51 pm
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    On the app it says Loudoun is closed tomorrow yet when I went on the website it said nothing about a closure, is this a mistake or is Loudoun County website slow?

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    • 01/30/2019 at 6:54 pm
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      It’s closed

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  • 01/30/2019 at 7:08 pm
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    What are the chances in MCPS will close based now that it’s -6 with windchill

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    • 01/30/2019 at 7:08 pm
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      App has all updates

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      • 01/30/2019 at 7:39 pm
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        and how are we supposed to get the updates when we dont have an iphone?

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        • 01/30/2019 at 7:55 pm
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          Text a friend 😊

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  • 01/30/2019 at 7:33 pm
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    All my roads and sidewalks are ice is MCPS closing tomorrow it’s very useful outside

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  • 01/30/2019 at 7:54 pm
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    My spring brake better be at least 4 days plz

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  • 01/30/2019 at 8:36 pm
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    All the roads icy and the sidewalks icy near a bunch of the mcps schools. Is a closing likely

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  • 01/30/2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Why does the app not show that several other counties have delayed?

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    • 01/30/2019 at 9:21 pm
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      Because it hasn’t been updated since 6:32

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      • 01/30/2019 at 9:22 pm
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        Than you should probably update it.

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        • 01/30/2019 at 9:24 pm
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          It’s based on predictions. Not made to notify of decisions made. No worries.

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  • 01/30/2019 at 9:27 pm
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    Will the busses even be able to start at these temps. Diesel engines are known to have problems when it’s cold like this.

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  • 01/30/2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Will there be a chance of a closure?

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    • 01/30/2019 at 9:45 pm
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      Predictions are found on the app

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  • 01/30/2019 at 10:09 pm
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    @MocoSnow what’s the meaning behind the change from 10 to 40% chance of closure? Did the “Feels Like” temperature get lower at 10 o clock?

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    • 01/30/2019 at 10:10 pm
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      Just my opinion

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  • 01/30/2019 at 11:07 pm
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    In my area olney the roads an sidewalks are really bad I went to the school and there was ice all over the circle and the sidewalks do you think it is safe for kids to be walking on ice and slipping sir so you think we will have school

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    • 01/30/2019 at 11:08 pm
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      I think we will. I hope you make it to school ok

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        • 01/30/2019 at 11:14 pm
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          I think there most likely will be school, but predictions can be found on the app.

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          • 01/30/2019 at 11:16 pm
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            Can you make another prediction the last one was at 10 I want to see anotha one

          • 01/30/2019 at 11:16 pm
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            If anything changes, I’ll update the app

  • 01/30/2019 at 11:17 pm
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    Because I think there is a 60% chance no school what is your prediction

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  • 01/30/2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Can you make another pencil prediction for Thursday please I want to know how much ✏️ there is

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  • 01/31/2019 at 9:36 am
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    Will you talk about the small snow threat tomorrow? Is it something that could effect schools tomorrow?

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    • 01/31/2019 at 9:37 am
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      If necessary there will be a post about it by tonight

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  • 01/31/2019 at 2:42 pm
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    Is another delay possible for tomorrow (Friday 2/1)?

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  • 01/31/2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Will the app predictions come out before the post tonight (for tomorrow there is a winter weather advisory so I expect a post)?

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