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We had a cold and white weekend, with yesterday being clear, sunny and very bright with the sun reflecting off the snow and ice. Today expect rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1:00 pm, with a high near 37 degrees. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight we have a chance of freezing rain before 10:00 pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am, then snow likely after 4:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Here’s a great photo taken by Jenael Falcao on Friday evening, February 19th as she was winding down her skiing at Wisp.  It really captures the conditions and the beauty of the mountain even in the evening hours.  Thanks for sharing it with us Janael.

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Wisp Up-Close in the Evening

The Garrett County Health Department, along with many other locations across the country, continues to wait for vaccine delivery because of nationwide weather delays. A shipment is not expected to be received until at least today. Because of the delivery delay, the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park scheduled for today has been cancelled and all appointments are being automatically rescheduled for March 8th at the same time as the original appointment. No patient action is required and call or check the website for more up-to-date information.

We covered this in part last week, due to the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake donation of funds for a water meter to the broader program for five water meters to be donated by the Deep Creek Lake Water Shed Foundation (to the DNR).  This is a VERY important undertaking by the Watershed Foundation as it will provide short- and long- term water quality monitoring at five additional locations around the lake.  Click here for the full story and see the photo below of a water quality meter.  We all owe a big thank you to the Watershed Foundation and all that have supported them in this effort.

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New Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation Meter Design

Sarah covered this last week, but I thought I would share again in case anyone missed it: From a LawnStarter report “many of the best vacation rental home cities are near attractions in greater Appalachia”. Over half of Americans plan to travel in 2021, and more than a third will stay in a vacation home or homeshare rental during the winter and spring. Get here: Deep Creek Lake is proving to be an excellent location for a vacation home. The rental market at and around the lake is rockin’ it!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced winners of the annual fifth-grade Arbor Day poster contest. Three schools in Maryland that are home to the top winners will benefit with tree plantings this spring.  One of the winners was in nearby Flintstone, in Allegany County.  Yabba dabba doo for these students… All winning poster entries are posted online. Check them out as the work is very impressive.

Just heard that the always popular fish dinners and fish dinner takeout at the St Peters in Oakland parish hall for Lent have been cancelled this year.  They hope to resume next year.

All branches of the Ruth Enlow Library will be reopening for in-person service at normal hours as of Monday, March 1st. Masks will still be required for all patrons five years of age and up, and social distancing rules remain in effect. Books may only be returned through the book slots and late fees will resume after April 1, 2021. Find more information at www.relib.net.

Have a great Monday and rest of the week dear readers…