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The weather for the long weekend will be:
Friday: A slight chance of morning snow showers then partly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -7. Snow after 9pm could accumulate 1 to 2 inches.
Saturday: Snow showers with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 8 to 18 mph.
Sunday: A chance of snow showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 11.
New Year’s Day: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 9.

The colder weather has created a thin “skin” of ice on the lake, so ice fishermen will likely be out there soon once the ice is thicker and is safe. Please be careful.

Deep Creek Frozen Lake - December 28, 2017

Thanks to reader Terin H. for pointing out a potential error in our interpretation of the smoke alarm law (see Wednesday’s Notes). As of January 1st, home owners with 9v battery operated smoke alarms are required to upgrade to sealed 10-year long life sealed battery smoke alarms with a hush button feature regardless of the age of the 9v battery Smoke Alarm. There’s more in the law and it is a bit confusing, so please read the Fire Marshall’s press release or call them at 1-800-525-3124 for clarity.

Wisp is reporting 17 trails and eight lifts open as of yesterday with a base of 28”. They also are working hard and making snow to open East Ridge today.

Check out the music on Maple Street in Friendsville at Fred Fox’s Ken’s Irish Pub in Friendsville, MD. Crawford Family Values is playing there Friday evening from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Terah Crawford is a local real estate agent and all around great lady that leads this special performance.

Try to stop by HART’s Fur Ball Casino at Dutch’s New Year’s Eve, with food, a silent auction and casino games. Goes from 6:00pm – 11:30pm this Sunday in the banquet room on the lower level. Proceeds benefit HART!

Wisp is also hosting a New Year’s celebration: House DJ Jazzy Jan will be playing a variety of music in the Main Lodge to keep all members of the family dancing from 8:00pm – Midnight.

Don’t forget, MoonShadow is having Box Era and a NYE party from 8:00pm-12:30am a $5/cover @9:30pm includes a champagne toast at midnight.

We previously mentioned the Deep Creek Lake First-Day hike but there are a number of local and state-wide First-Day Hikes planned for January 1st 2018, including Herrington Manor and New Germany.

The northern snakehead is a non-native species that has “invaded” the eastern waters of the state. One containment challenge has been its ability to “walk” between bodies of water. While not in the waters of western Maryland, we thought you might be interested in this story about a Wake Forest researcher studying the fish’s walking abilities.

According to MRIS and Mike Kennedy at Railey Realty, there were 181 homes for sale at Deep Creek Lake as of December 1st. There were 224 homes sold year-to-date with an average sales price of $526,542.

Thank you to Friendsville resident Pat H. for this icy view of the Yough River:

Youghiogheny River Lake with ice in Friendsville, MD