As I write these notes Wednesday evening, all the talk is about the Deep Creek Lake area’s upcoming storm warning. When Sarah adds in the weather in the morning things will be much “clearer” but there has definitely been buzz around town for this first storm. We shall see.

The weather today will be snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3pm, then freezing rain and sleet. Temps staying about 29 degrees all day. East wind around 18 mph. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible tonight.

The Snow Emergency Plan for Garrett County is be implemented at 0745 (AM) today. Once the Snow Emergency Plan has been placed in effect, Maryland Law requires motorists to operate vehicles that are equipped with snow tires as designated by the manufacturer or equipped with chains. Studded tires are allowed from November 1 through March 31. During the declaration of a snow emergency, a person may not park a vehicle on any highway designated as a snow emergency route.

The following highways have been designated as snow emergency routes in Garrett County:

Interstate 68                Maryland Route 38               Maryland Route 495

U.S. Route 40               Maryland Route 39               Maryland Route 546

U.S. Route 50               Maryland Route 42               Maryland Route 560

U.S. Route 219             Maryland Route 135             Maryland Route 669

I’s Locals Night this evening at Dutch’s at Silver Tree. There are more deals in our Dining Specials section.

Go ahead, shout it out. Music Express Karaoke is at the Black Bear Tavern this evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Here’s a short “heads-up” piece from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration for you readers interested and active in the environment, fishing and even beachcombing. We all can help scientists protect endangered species, which in this case is the rare Atlantic Sturgeon. Interesting.

Well, as you know we have lots of deer in the area. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that the two-week firearm hunting season for sika and white-tailed deer opens November 24th and runs through December 8th. This is apparently the most popular time for Maryland hunters.

Go back in time, way back and attend one of the concerts by Mountainside Baroque in Cumberland this coming weekend.  This performance incorporates a soprano accompanied by a lutenist (bet you don’t see or hear that word every day).

On the other side of the globe, Travel + Leisure just announced Japan as their 2018 Destination of the Year.  Japan is the 2018 destination of the year for many reasons — dynamic cities, whimsical islands, unparalleled natural beauty — but perhaps what truly makes it a winner is its ability to keep travelers coming back for more. Japan is great, but I think Deep Creek Lake and the mountains of Western Maryland are pretty special too, and easier to get to!  Sayonara for now folks!

Correction: Deep Creek Times incorrectly reported the November 14 Board of Education Public Meeting would be at Northern Middle School when it should have been reported as being held at the Central Office in Oakland. Our apologies for the mistake.

The livestream from the Board of Education public meeting held 11/14/18 is below: