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'Our walkway and sidewalks are a sheet of ice' Montgomery County parents frustrated schools opened on time Tuesday

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Parents of students who attend Montgomery County Public Schools took to social media to express their frustration with the system opening up on time Tuesday, despite ice-covered sidewalks, downed trees and power outages. 

More than a quarter of an inch of ice fell in parts of upper Montgomery County, reaching "ice storm." The county was under a Winter Weather Advisory while the decision to open on time was made. Upper Montgomery county was later upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning as severity of the freezing rain unfolded. (Freezing Rain Advisory and Ice Storm Warning have been folded into the Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning under a National Weather Service Hazard Simplification program.)

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"Our walkway and sidewalks are a sheet of ice," one woman tweeted at Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg, in response to Montgomery County Public Schools stating they would open on time Tuesday morning. 

Another mother said "telling my 8 year old not to be scared watching trees come down at the bus stop while trying not to fall on the ice that's everywhere she NOT something I should have to do." 

But parents weren't the only ones responding to the system's decision to open on time. 

"I slipped," a student at Quince Orchard High School wrote. 

Employees with the school system were also among the hundreds who had something to say about the decision. 

"Thanks for caring about those who have to travel far to get to work," an employee for a school wrote. 

Frederick County Schools decided to close on Tuesday due to the weather. Other schools, including Loudoun County, Prince William and Fauquier Counties opted to open on a two-hour delay.  

Montgomery County Public Schools opened on a two-hour delay Monday when the county was also under a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.

Ice & Freezing Rain Amounts By City

Freezing Rain Totals © WUSA Freezing Rain Totals Ice Storm Totals from Tuesday 2-12-19 © WUSA Weather Ice Storm Totals from Tuesday 2-12-19

Any ice totals approaching a quarter of an inch can begin to cause trees branches to sag or break, leading to power outages. The ice coats power lines as well. Widespread outages don't occur until ice totals go above a half an inch.

Ice Totals Vs Impact © WUSA Ice Totals Vs Impact

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