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Snow-Related Schedule Changes (January 21, 2016)

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Nathan Sterner
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Last night's snowfall has left this morning's roads icy; officials urge you to be careful on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses -- and to drive more slowly and carefully than usual.

Some schools are changing their schedules:

TWO HOUR DELAY: Anne Arundel County schools, Baltimore City schoolsBaltimore County schools, Carroll County schools, Howard County schools, and Montgomery County schools.

CLOSED: Caroline County schoolsKent County schoolsPrince George's County schoolsQueen Anne's County schoolsTalbot County schools, Wicomico County Schools, and Worcester County schools.

Last night's snow pales in comparison to what's on the horizon. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for much of the listening area from Friday afternoon to Saturday night. Forecasters say they're now expecting between 18 and 24 inches of snow to fall before the storm's done.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has tips on how you can prepare

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," WYPR host Ashley Sterner would be able to see listeners every weekday between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Each weekday morning Ashley serves up the latest Maryland news and weather delightfully interspersed with the occasional snarky comment.

Listeners may also hear Ashley's familiar voice during the day as they guide listeners through what's known as continuity breaks until midday. Ashley is known to add audio flair on Sheilah Kast's morning show, "On the Record." They may also infrequently fill in for Tom Hall during the "Midday" radio program. They are a pitch hitter and often contributes to fundraising and "additional tasks where assigned."

When not working inside the WYPR studios, Ashley can be found teaching a class on how to produce audio documentaries for Towson University. In their spare time, they can be seen running around Baltimore neighborhoods or hiking around Maryland natural vistas.

Before coming to WYPR, Ashley spent 8 years with WAMU in Washington D.C. where they worked nearly every job in the radio station. That spanned from part-time receptionist to on-air host but also included experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers.

Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Ashley has called Charm City home since 2005.