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Tuesday January 17
9:15 a.m.

Enough with this weather already!  Rain, ice, fog.  If it's not going to snow, could the sun at least come out?  It's downright depressing.

The ice on the lake is gone and there is no call for any temperatures to bring it back in the near future.  Hopefully, we'll see it's return again this winter.  I saw this video and found it interesting:  How to survive a fall through frozen ice.  One of those things you hope you never need, but it's good to know. 

The agenda for today's commissioners meeting is available here.

The Deep Creek Lake POA breaks down the continuing controversy on fracking

The DNR announced a new vendor will be handling the state park reservations beginning this spring. 

Registration is now open for the 2017 Gran Fondo bike race to be held June 24. Early bird pricing is in effect until January 31 and the event limit has been raised to 1,250 riders. 

 

Friday January 13
9:15 a.m.

Fifty-four degrees yesterday morning.  Twenty-eight today.  A Freezing Rain Advisory goes into effect at 11 p.m. tonight and runs through 7 p.m. tomorrow.  Between yesterday's wind and the potential ice, we may have more limbs on the ground than in the trees.

Our local Board of Education voted to apply for the waiver to start school before Labor Day for the 17/18 school year.  The waiver application is required after Governor Hogan mandated all Maryland schools start after Labor Day.

A season-high 24 slopes open at Wisp as the holiday weekend kicks off tonight with free Stage Wisp concert featuring Allan Sizemore.  The first event in the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series is tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Central Park.  As always, there's great entertainment at all our local bars through the weekend. 

A Pancake Breakfast will be held tomorrow at the Deep Creek Firehall.  Enjoy some great food and help support the Workman Warriors Relay for Life team.

 

Thursday January 12
9:15 a.m.

A half an inch of rain fell last night and chances are we'll see more tonight.  Today the wind is gusting in the 30 mph range and it feels like spring. It was 54 degrees at daybreak. Just crazy!

Winter will return for the holiday weekend.  There's a call for wintry mix and snow through the weekend.

Some additional terrain is available at Wisp with 23 trails open today.

Grow West MD LLC, the medical cannabis grower approved for Garrett County, is considering an existing building in Accident for its facility instead of building at Keyser Ridge Industrial Park, according the the Cumberland Times News.

 

Wednesday January 11
9:15 a.m.

The thaw has begun.  Temperatures climbed above freezing yesterday around 5 and rain is on the way tonight.  You know what that means?  Mud again.  January is really not supposed to be our mud season. 

No mud on the slopes at Wisp.  Twenty slopes open and an average base of twenty inches.

 Bill's Marine Service will be at the Pittsburgh Boat Show held this weekend and next in Monroeville.  Stop by, say hi, and check out the savings and incentives for 2017.

This in from our McHenry State Police Barracks:  For 2017 the Maryland State Police will be actively targeting aggressive drivers on Maryland roadways. As part of the ADAPT (Aggressive Drivers Are Public Threats) expect to see additional Troopers enforcing motor vehicle laws such as speeding, following to closely, negligent driving, DUI/DWI and all cell phone and texting laws. The grant will run throughout 2017

Governor Hogan released his Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative.  The Maryland General Assembly 90-day legislative session kicks off today at noon

 The Washington Post Editorial board came out in support off moving forward with fracking in the state (with strong regulations) and against a statewide ban on the process.

 

Tuesday January 10
9:15 a.m.

There is a surprise dusting of snow this morning. A freezing rain advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. resulting in our first school cancellation this year. 

We have a weather warm-up ahead.  Temperatures will reach above freezing today and stay there through Friday.  Unfortunately, the warm-up brings rain with it -- also through Friday.

Twenty trails are open at Wisp including the East Ridge for the first time this year. 

Fences is the Tuesday $5.50 Movie of the Week

 

Monday January 9
9:15 a.m.

Boy, oh boy, that was a cold weekend.  The last time we saw double digits was Friday at 5 p.m.  Still in single numbers this morning, but temperatures will rise into the high 20's today and we have a bit of a warm up for the rest of the week.

The lake snapped shut Friday night. Quickly.  I imagine with the weekend temperatures, it thickened up pretty quickly too.  Don't forget Bill's Outdoor Center opens back up today for all your ice fishing needs.  I see some brave souls out on McHenry Cove this morning.

I am sorry to report that we have our second death in the past 5 days likely due to hypothermia.  An Oakland woman was found Sunday morning

The January issue of HART's Newsletter, Tails Up, is now available. 

The Mountain Message Blog from Wisp has some great pictures of the whalebacks from the continuous snowmaking over the weekend.

 

Friday January 6
9:15 a.m.

The lightest, powdery snow fell last night. Just beautiful!  Wisp reports 7 inches.  By the way, the chair in the WebCam picture is not just in the way, it is your way to tell how much snow we have.  Pretty high tech stuff, huh?  :-)

Snow is tapering off this morning and cold will be the driving issue for the weekend.  It's going to be bitter.

Governor Hogan released his 2017 Jobs Initiative.

Hero's Day today at Wisp and tomorrow at 10 a.m. they join other resorts for the World's Largest Lesson

 

Thursday January 5
9:15 a.m.

Temperatures are in the teens and the mud has frozen.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from noon today until 7 a.m. tomorrow with a possible 4-6 inches of snow.

Wisp is blowing snow on 17 trails this morning including 3 trails on the East Ridge.

Sadly, the body of a 24-year-old Frostburg man was recovered after a search yesterday in Savage River State Forest.  The cause of death remains under investigation.

Check out this crazy video out of Colorado of a bear that got trapped in a Subaru.

Greg Short of the band Brother Short (a frequent, local entertainer) and his wife will be featured on the DIY network for their tiny home in Morgantown.

The DNR released the totals from the First Day Hikes across the state. 

Don't forget you can recycle your live Christmas trees for free at the county landfill through February.  Also, in the next story on that page, Garrett County welcomed our New Year's Baby.  Spoiler alert:  I think he's going to be a Steelers fan. 

Railey Realty has released its January Real Estate Review.

 

Wednesday January 4
9:15 a.m.

Just plain soggy around here.  So over the rain.  It will change over to snow showers later today.  No accumulation is expected, but at least the mud will freeze.  Yes, that is a bright side. :-)

Governor Hogan announced his 2017 Environmental Agenda.  $65 million.

There was a natural gas line leak in downtown Oakland yesterday afternoon, but Oakland VFD crews were on the scene and the gas company responded quickly to contain the leak. 

Did you know if you bring a valid lift ticket to Ace's Run, you can get $2 off your meal including PastaNight Wednesday and StirFryday?  It's true.

Trivia Night returns to The Boardwalk tonight beginning at 6:30.

 

Tuesday January 3
9:15 a.m.

Rain and fog again today, but winter will return tomorrow.  Temperatures will fall in the evening hours on Wednesday and it looks like teens and single digits through the weekend. 

Today is a good day for a movie.  Passengers is the Tuesday Movie of the Week at Garrett 8.  All showings are just $5.50.

Mountain State Brewing made the list of 15 Places You Should Eat in Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene released the overdose death data through the 3rd quarter of 2016.  Garrett County has recorded no drug and alcohol-related deaths.  Certainly we are not immune from this nationwide epidemic, but I hope that number remains the same when the 4th quarter data is released.

 

Monday January 2
9:15 a.m.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  A seemingly successful transition to 2017 here with lots of people in town enjoying the slopes and the fun. 

Rain this morning and the chance for more through tomorrow night. 

Wisp tallied 11 inches of natural snow in December, but thanks to snowmakers there are 17 trails open on the mountain.

The regulations for fracking have been put on hold by Maryland lawmakers setting the stage for a push for a ban in this year's legislative session.  The Baltimore Sun editor officially supported extending the ban

The county commissioners meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be January 17.

The DNR touts the record-breaking accomplishments from 2016.