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Snow, Arctic Blast Head for Havre de Grace

Travel conditions may be hazardous, according to the National Weather Service.

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The National Weather Service has upgraded its weather alert for Harford County to a winter storm warning, effective from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

A winter storm warning means "severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring," according to the National Weather Service. "Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous."

In Havre de Grace, the forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of snow.

According to the National Weather Service, most will fall late Tuesday morning and early Tuesday afternoon, and roads will be snow-covered and slippery. Winds will be blowing, which could reduce visibility.

The weather service said people should not travel Tuesday during the warning period unless there is an emergency, and drivers should keep a flashlight, food and water in their vehicles if they must be on the road.

The winter storm warning applies to Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, St. Mary's and Calvert counties in Maryland as well as some parts of Virginia.

After Tuesday's snow, "bitterly cold conditions are expected," the weather service reported. Temperatures will be -13 with wind chill in Havre de Grace Tuesday evening. Temperatures won't get above freezing until the weekend.

The earlier winter storm watch expired when the weather service upgraded its alert Monday afternoon to a winter storm warning.

Previous article published at 8:33 a.m.: The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the Baltimore-Washington area, including Harford County, on Tuesday.

A winter storm watch means there is the "potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel," according to the weather service.

In Havre de Grace, the forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of snow.

According to the National Weather Service, most will fall late Tuesday morning and early Tuesday afternoon, and roads will be snow-covered and slippery. Winds will be blowing, which could reduce visibility.

And get ready for another arctic blast. The high will be 24 degrees in Havre de Grace Tuesday, with wind chills of -13, according to the forecast. Temperatures won't get above freezing until the weekend.

A small craft advisory is in effect Monday and Tuesday for the Chesapeake Bay.

The winter storm watch is in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday for Harford, Cecil, Baltimore, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Montgomery, Queen Anne's, Howard, St. Mary's, Talbot, Charles and Calvert counties in Maryland as well as some parts of Virginia.

Is a "snow day" in order? In Harford County, there's no question; students have the day off Tuesday for staff development.
Ruffin January 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM
If there is a hint of snow, school is cancelled. Some times it is legitimate, other times, the threat of lawsuits take precedence. However I is best to err on the side of the children, just like the 2 days when winds and temperatures were from an Arctic blast.

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