From Harford County government:
Harford County Government Closing at Noon
At noon today Tuesday, January 21, 2014, an Administrative Closure will go into effect for Harford County Government.
No decision has been made regarding the opening of Harford County Government on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
Harford County Council Meeting Cancelled
Harford County Council President Billy Boniface has advised the Harford County Council meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.
Harford County Public School Employees on CODE RED, Tuesday January 21
UPDATE From Harford County Public Schools:
As the school system is already closed for students [due to professional development for instructional staff] the Superintendent has announced that employees will be on a CODE RED for today.
Due to the impending snow storm, all nonpublic and out-of-county transportation has been canceled for today, Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
From Harford County government:
Arctic Blast Due to Hit Harford Area; Snow and bitter cold weather expected
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is warning citizens of the county to prepare for another round of subfreezing temperatures and snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) has placed Harford County under a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Harford County, as well as a number of adjoining counties, is expected to receive approximately four to six inches of snow, although additional accumulations are possible.
Additionally the NWS advises temperatures will drop significantly during the next 24 hours with a wind chill in the -5 to -10 degree range. Wind gusts of 25 – 30 mph are also expected throughout Tuesday. The frigid temperatures will remain through Friday, with high temperatures in the 20’s and lows in single digits.
The accumulation of snow and wind can result in snow covered slippery roads with reduced visibility. Motorists are urged to use caution during their morning and afternoon commute.
In preparation for the storm, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services will activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers and members of the Emergency Management team will monitor the storm throughout the day.
“One of our significant concerns is the prediction of subfreezing temperatures for the next several days,” Ayers said. “Freezing temperatures pose serious health risks to the elderly, the very young and our homeless populations,” Ayers added.
In preparation for the arctic weather which will impact the region Tuesday, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services recommends the following precautionary measures:
– Ensure flashlights are in good working condition and have them readily available throughout the home and in the car.
– Keep fresh batteries available for flashlights and portable radios
– Fully charge all cell phones in the event of power outage.
– Have a three-day supply of nonperishable foods available in case of a power outage.
– Have an adequate supply of fresh water available – one gallon per person per day for three days.
– Have a first aid kit for the home and car.
– Keep blankets in vehicles to be used for warmth in the event a vehicle becomes stuck in snow for an extended period of time.
– If possible, refrain from driving during the height of the snow storm. Wait until road crews have plowed or treated roads to allow for safe travel conditions.
“The weather conditions this week may be some of the harshest of the winter, therefore we are asking people to take time to check on their neighbors, especially those with serious health conditions, to ensure their well-being,” said Emergency Manager Ayers.
For further information on emergency preparedness visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org or call 410-638-4900.
Winter Storm Warning
From Harford County government:
Good Evening, this is Emergency Manager Rick Ayers with an emergency message. Harford County has been placed under a Winter Storm Warning by the NWS (National Weather Service). Beginning late Tuesday morning we should start to see accumulating snow and this should continue through-out the day. At this time, the most likely scenario is for us to receive 4 to 6 inches; however, if the storm slows down 8 to 10 inches is a real possibility. With wind gusts expected between 25 and 30 mph, blowing snow and drifting will also be a concern for those driving during the day. Another major concern is the arctic air mass that is moving into the region. On Tuesday night the wind chill will be in the -5 to -10 degree range. The extremely cold weather will remain through at least Friday with the high temperature in the 20’s and the low’s in the single digit’s and teens. Thanks and be Safe.
State Highway Crews Prepare for Next Winter Storm; Travelers Reminded to Plan Ahead for Slow Commutes on Tuesday
From the Maryland State Highway Administration:
Another round of winter weather will soon impact the region, and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is preparing to face another storm that will affect travel statewide on Tuesday. Early forecasts predict significant snowfall tomorrow, and drivers should adjust travel plans if possible.
“Please put safety first by planning now for driving conditions tomorrow,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “We expect this storm to affect travel for most of the day, including both the morning and evening commutes. Please allow extra time and reduce speeds, especially while precipitation is still falling.”
Today, some crews began anti-icing operations along major interstates and some heavily-traveled primary routes. Emergency operations and maintenance personnel statewide will monitor the storm’s path and manage incidents from the Statewide Operations Center near BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport. Crews will salt and plow roadways as conditions change, and SHA reminds all travelers to remember these tips:
• Prepare today for tomorrow’s travel. Providing additional time and space for highway crews and law enforcement makes traveling safer for everyone.
• Emergency trucking parking will be available if weather conditions deteriorate. The map with locations is available at www.roads.maryland.gov.
• Use caution when merging at ramps and intersections, and remain alert for pedestrians and cyclists.
• If your vehicle becomes disabled, make every effort to move safely from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.
• Ensure all head and tail lights are operational – See and Be Seen. Wipers On. Lights On. It’s the Law.
• Before traveling to the airports, train stations or bus terminals, Know Before You Go! Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions. For internet access, visit www.MD511.org or www.chart.md.gov to view live traffic cameras.