The biggest storm of the winter has dumped large amounts of snow on Harford County overnight, causing school and government closings and keeping drivers off the roads. Snow and sleet are expected to continue throughout Thursday.
Harford County declared a state of emergency at 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to Maryland State Police.
Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said that up to a foot of heavy wet snow fell in the southern part of Harford County, while northern sections saw up to 18 inches, in a report at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Ayers said that 2 to 4 inches may fall Thursday night.
Highways and public works crews were clearing the roads on Thursday, according to the report.
"However, the recovery from this storm will most likely go into Saturday," Ayers said. "There is also the possibility of snow Friday afternoon and evening that will hinder the recovery effort."
Winds may gust up to 40 mph Thursday afternoon, Ayers said, noting that power outages could be on the horizon.
Drivers should stay off the roads, unless absolutely necessary, the State Highway Administration advised.
Approximately 50 customers were experiencing outages in Harford County as of 11:30 a.m., according to BGE, which showed they were concentrated in Forest Hill, off Route 24 and in Aberdeen. In addition, 35 Delmarva Power customers were out, in the Street and Pylesville areas.In the event that people need power and warmth, the following firehouses are open as warming centers, according to Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS:
- Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Company: House 1 at 21 N. Rogers St. and House 4 at Perryman Road
- Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company: House 1 at 3306 Abingdon Rd., Abingdon; and House 3 at 3301 Willoughby Beach Rd., Abingdon
- Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company: Main Station at 109 Hickory Ave., Bel Air; Forest Hill Substation at 27 E. Jarrettsville Rd., Forest Hill; and Patterson Mill Substation at 1 Patterson Mill Rd., Bel Air
- Darlington Volunteer Fire Company: House 1 at 2600 Castleton Rd., Darlington; and House 2 at 1520 Whiteford Rd., Street
- Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company: 2201 Carrs Mill Rd., Fallston
- Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps: 1601 Level Rd., Havre de Grace
- Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company: House 1 at 3825 Federal Hill Rd. (Crossgate Court), Jarrettsville; and House 2 at 4352 Norrisville Rd., Street
- Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company: 1403 Old Mountain Rd., Joppa
- Level Volunteer Fire Company, 3633 Level Rd., Havre de Grace
- Norrisville Volunteer Fire Company: 2134 Harkins Rd., Pylesville
- Susquehanna Hose Company: 911 Revolution St., Havre de Grace
- Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company: 1407 Pylesville Rd., Whiteford
Friday's temperatures will be above freezing, topping out at 36 degrees, the National Weather Service reports.
The Harford County Hotline has been activated at 410-838-5800 for those who need information or assistance during the storm.
Patch will update this page throughout Thursday to keep tabs on the storm.