From Harford County government:
The first winter storm of 2014 hit Harford County hard. The storm, which began shortly before 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2 dumped approximately eight inches of snow in northern Harford County and lesser amounts elsewhere, before stopping at approximately 2:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways dispatched more than 130 personnel, both employees and contractors, to help clear and treat roads. Crews began working Thursday afternoon and worked until approximately 10:00 p.m. Road crews resumed plowing and treating county roads at approximately 3:00 a.m. Friday morning. Although county roads are passable, drifting snow is a concern and could result in some roads being temporarily closed.
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services 911 Center reported 23 accidents occurred throughout the County from 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon until 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. Four of the 23 accidents resulted in personal injuries.
The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated to Level 1 staffing at 5:00 a.m. with Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers and Emergency Management staff to monitor the storm and conditions throughout Harford County. As of 7:00 a.m. there were less than 15 customers without power in the county.
“Today one of our concerns is the subfreezing temperatures and wind chill,” said Ayers. “Those who venture outdoors should dress for blizzard like conditions and stay hydrated. Due to icy conditions on our roads, those who do not have to travel should wait until conditions improve,” Ayers added.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig decided to close Harford County Government Friday due to the severe weather and hazardous driving conditions.
For further information on storm preparedness, visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org or call 410-638-4900.