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This story was updated at noon, March 6, 2013.

School districts in Montgmomery, Frederick and Prince George’s closed due to inclement weather from Storm Saturn Wednesday. Frederick and Montgomery government offices have also closed.

All schools and administrative offices are closed in Montgomery County, according to their website. All school and community activities in school buildings are also cancelled.

Prince George’s County public schools are operating under a code yellow, according to their website. Schools and offices are closed, but emergency personnel must report. All after school activities and evening programs have been cancelled.

Frederick County public schools and administrative offices are closed and no one, including essential personnel, is to report according to their website. After-school and evening activites are also cancelled. MSA testing will resume the first day back to school. The board of education budget session is rescheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

According to weather alerts on weather.gov, snow and rain may continue in the region through 3 a.m. Thursday, with possible accumulations from several inches to a foot or more in Frederick County.

According to Metro’s website, rail lines currently expect only minor delays for clearing snow and ice. Bus schedules may be more impacted, and a list of the routes expected to face possible delays can be found at www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/rail_bus.cfm?#bus.

In Montgomery County, roads were wet and slushy, but Ride On buses were running on normal schedules, according to a county news release. County parking garages and metered spaces is free until 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Montgomery County government is closed today except for essential personnel.

All Montgomery County recreation programs and activities are cancelled today. Community and neighborhood centers, senior centers and indoor pools are closed. Trash and recycling collection has been cancelled today, and service will slide one day later for the rest of the day. The transfer station is also closed today.

Montgomery College and University of Maryland, College Park, are also closed today due to anticipated hazardous weather conditions.

Prince George’s County government offices are open with liberal leave for non-essential employees. District and circuit courts are closed.

Frederick County government offices and facilities are closed. Circuit court and libraries in the county are also closed. The county Department of Waste Management also postponed curbside recycling service for Wednesday. Recycling services usually scheduled for Wednesday will take place Thursday, shifting curbside pickups a day later for the rest of the week.

The areas affected by the change include Frederick City, Mount Airy, New Market, Urbana and surrounding areas. Wednesday trash pickup in Brunswick has been postponed until Saturday.

Many city governments also closed their offices and cancelled programs Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.

The Takoma Park Community Center is closed, as are city departments with the exception of police and public works, Daryl Braithwaite, the city’s public works director, said. Trash and recycling collection has also been cancelled so the sanitation dirvers will be avalable to take a shift plowing streets this afternoon, she said.

Rockville city offices and facilities are closed for the day, although essential employees must report to work as directed. A snow emergency is in effect, which means residents must remove all vehicles from the roads. Recycling and trash collection has also been cancelled today, and collection will shift one day for the rest of the week.

Gaithersburg city offices and facilities are also closed today, and a snow emergency is in effect. Bulk trash pick up has been cancelled, but regular recycling will be held as scheduled.

Many arts venues in Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties have announced closings Wednesday, including Strathmore in North Bethesda, Imagination Stage in Bethesda, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park and the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Some venues are rescheduling events. For updated schedules, visit venue websites or contact the box office.

Daniel J. Gross and Krista Brick contributed to this article.