Pencil Prediction for Wednesday, 1/8/20

January 8, 2020
MCS Staff

Today’s early release seems to have been the right call as kids made it home before roads got bad, even if there was a extra traffic earlier than anticipated.

It looks like anywhere from .5  to 3 inches fell in MoCo, depending on where you’re at. Roads are wet with a little slush, but quite a few slick spots on sidewalks and neighborhood roads.

Temps are expected to remain below freezing into tomorrow morning, which could lead to neighborhood roads remaining slick and some issues with sidewalks.

NBC4 put out a graphic stating they think delays are likely.

How would a delay help? It would give the sun an hour or two to help with melting, but more importantly…it would allow kids who walk to see where they’re going and avoid dangerous situations.

Prince George’s County has already announced a delay for tomorrow.

Pencil Prediction: 2 Pencils, but as it looks right now…a delay would not surprise me at all.

I leave you with WAMU 88.5’s Martin Austermuhle’s tweet:

“And thus begins the worst season of the year: when transplants from colder climes regularly declare their snow superiority over D.C. and insist that back in their hometown of course all kids would be trekking to school in 12 feet of snow.”



  1. Mohammad on January 8, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Same Too dangerous to walk to the bus stop or school

  2. A MCPS student who loves Closures! on January 8, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Is there any chance that MCPS calls the delay today.

    • Alex Tsironis on January 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

      Always a chance

      • Yaboi on January 8, 2020 at 3:08 am

        Highkey it’s veryyyyy icy in communities and neighborhoods. Here in Gaithersburg the sidewalks and roads are mostly clear, but hidden is the ice. I thought everything was fine untily car started skidding all over the road when I just came home oops.

        • p on January 8, 2020 at 7:14 am

          go to sleep lmao

    • Rana on January 8, 2020 at 2:22 am

      Why can’t we just have a snow day

  3. Rdog on January 8, 2020 at 1:10 am

    How many times must we tell you old man? I’m saying 3.5 pencils for tomorrow. Why? If you look outside, there is clearly snow on the ground, stickage as some may call it. Will this snow go away? No! Like you said, temperatures will remain below freezing for the entire night. Additionally, the sun is gone so there is no chance of this snow melting. I have heard many sirens near my house (I live next to a fire station) and there have been countless injuries and accidents related to this storm. MoCoSnow continues to get the prediction wrong again!

    • Alex Tsironis on January 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

      You think there’s a good chance we are off tomorrow? ?

    • Come’on on January 8, 2020 at 1:42 am

      I don’t think you understand the pencilS….like 3.5 would mean significant chance of closure and I don’t see that. I think 2.5 is closer. Though the delay can still go either way, there will probably be one, and I just don’t see much of a chance of then canceling school.

      Also if you could link these into the iOS app like you did last year that would be much appreciated.

    • Sheev on January 8, 2020 at 1:43 am

      Unfortunately, MoCoSnow probably has this one in the bag. In case you haven’t noticed, MCPS has a pattern of underestimating the damage of storms, then overcompensating for it later. Since we got the ‘overcompensation’ side of the stick last time, we’re most likely going to be in school by 7:45 AM tomorrow. My 2 cents, at least ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      Although I will add that even with a 2 hour delay, that means most high school students will still need to be in school by 9:45, and temps don’t rise above 0C until around 10-11ish…(wanna know a secret, though? MCPS doesn’t care about high school students!!!)

      • Alex Tsironis on January 8, 2020 at 2:05 am

        Check out the post to see why a 2 hour delay is helpful

        • Sheev on January 8, 2020 at 2:10 am

          yeah I know it’s helpful…. The question is, does MCPS?

    • A MCPS student who loves Closures! on January 8, 2020 at 2:04 am

      I find it funny how you continue to say MoCo Snow is wrong and it should be 3.5 pencils when you weren’t even close for your “prediction:” for Today. Lol

    • jina on January 8, 2020 at 2:05 am

      of course you’ll hear many sirens if you live near a fire station… *facepalms*

    • Yocat on January 8, 2020 at 2:06 am

      Yo dog, if you so smart then why don’t you make your own website and stop hating up in here

    • thog on January 8, 2020 at 2:11 am

      thog don’t caare

  4. George Washington on January 8, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Oh god please tell me there won’t be school. I just got drafted and I hate making up school work.

  5. K on January 8, 2020 at 1:59 am

    i’d say at least 3 pencils. Maybe there isn’t a chance of a whole day off of school, but there’s at least more than a 50% chance of a delay.

    • j on January 8, 2020 at 2:12 am

      Yea same

  6. abcdefg on January 8, 2020 at 2:09 am

    eh… as of now I think chances are probably 10-70-20 in terms of on-time/delay/closure. ofc I want a closure, though! PJs inside out. They’ll probably announce a delay at 5 and then wait until 8 to announce a closure(if there is a closure…)

  7. JustBeANicePersonPlease on January 8, 2020 at 2:26 am

    Dude. Flippin’ heck. People told you this yesterday. He predicts predictions that are accurate to what has happened in the past. He doesn’t put out predictions based purely on opinion. MCPS has a clear history of either telling people to deal with the weather or they act late. Just because MoCoSnow we’re on the side of caution doesn’t mean that he was wrong – he clearly said that an early release was a possibility, not a guarantee, which is what a prediction is. The future is never static. (Also predictions are saying that the temp will be above freezing, so the snow will go away at some point tomorrow.) Again, thank you MoCoSnow for providing a resource to tell whether or not school will be closed tomorrow since you don’t have to but you do.

  8. Al on January 8, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Come on Moco Snow. It’s an easy 3-4 pencils. As I learned at the University the other day, freezage is always at issue. One of my favorite professors, Professor Whether (who teaches Intro to Snow 101) taught us a very important lesson on freezage. Using a simple algorithm (at least for weather students it is) we are able to see that snow or water will freeze when there is coldage (taught by Professor Thunder). I can explain coldage at a different time. But no school could be a real possibilty.

  9. T-Rex on January 8, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Here’s the trick–act like it’ll be a regular day of school everyday, don’t check mocosnow or the weather until the morning, and you won’t be caught by surprise. Not only would you have gotten HW and sleep outta the way, you’ll also have the rest of the day/extra hour to yourself if it does end up being a 2 hour delay or closure! Sure had me excited today for the early dismissal 🙂

  10. p on January 8, 2020 at 2:48 am

    y’all know mcps last time it snowed… never rly stuck:


  11. gtmfm on January 8, 2020 at 3:32 am

    There’s a nearly zero chance of closure tomorrow. Snow is done, they’ll be salting all night; it will be fine after a 2-hour delay.

  12. Snow on January 8, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Sucks when making calls they gave us a snow day in the fall for the exact same thing and now they’re still considering a 2 hour delay

    This county is the defenition of inconsistency

  13. ojani ?? on January 8, 2020 at 8:25 am

    jus give us the 2hr delay bruv

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