As I write these Notes Tuesday evening, there is no precipitation falling. But according to forecasts, that will be changing.

The weather for today will be snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 10am, then freezing rain and sleet. High near 32. Breezy, with a southeast wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Tonight will be rain, mainly before 2am. Temperature rising to around 43 by 3am. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

The snow emergency plan went into effect at 0600; Garrett County Public Schools, Garrett College and the Health Department are all closed today.

Don’t forget to check our weather center throughout the day today for a multitude of current data and forecasts.  We use multiple sources to provide what we think is the best “mix” of local insight for our area.  Here’s the link to our weather page. Our video cams also provide a real-time visual of conditions. I hope you all stay warm and dry!

There was a local meeting held recently regarding a new post office for Bittinger. The United States Postal Service send a representative to the area to conduct a listening session to gain citizen input on potential sites.  The Republican had a nice write-up on it.

Here’s a tip on TIPS: If you serve alcohol at events, this class (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) can help you learn more about maintaining a safe and responsible environment at your licensed events. In addition to gaining knowledge about the affects alcohol has on people, you can also keep updated on the legal responsibilities for servers of alcohol. The class will be held this evening at the Bloomington Fire Hall from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Also this evening at 5:30 is “A Thirst for Art” at MoonShadow, a belated “Galentines” event for ladies and girls that involves fun, painting and Camaraderie. Get more information here. And, bring a friend, sister, mom or daughter.

Garrett College is hosting the upcoming Garrett County Job Fair slated for Wednesday, April 24th from 1:00 pm. to 6:00 pm in the Garrett College CARC Gymnasium. The job fair is open to any employer expecting to hire employees within the next few months as well anyone looking for a full- or part-time position.

Here’s some sobering statistics on population decline in the state of West Virginia, as tabulated by Pew Research and reported by Generation West Virginia.  Garrett County has been flat population-wise for a few years, but W.V, appears to be experiencing a downward trend. West Virginia is a beautiful state, but I think they will need a more diversified and invigorated jobs foundation to turn things around. Many don’t realize that Garrett County “has” West Virginia to the west of us, to the south of us and to the east of us, so they are an important (and good) neighbor!