Schools Change Weather Decision For Tuesday Classes In Harford County

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Harford County Public Schools will have asynchronous online classes Tuesday. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch File Photo)

Patch reporter Kristin Danley-Greiner co-wrote this story.

Last updated Tuesday at 7:40 a.m.

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Harford County Public Schools will have virtual classes Tuesday.

Classes will be asynchronous, meaning the online lessons will be pre-recorded and not live with a teacher. Modules will be posted for students by 9 a.m.

After school and evening activities will not happen Tuesday.

Buildings will be closed, so employees are expected to work remotely when possible. Essential personnel should await further instructions from their bosses.

School officials reevaluated weather and road conditions around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and announced the changes.

More details on virtual learning days,
Including frequently asked questions and resources for Canvas, are posted on the inclement weather page at hcps.org.

Neighboring states north of Maryland are expected to get up to a foot of snow by Tuesday night, an inch or two should be all Maryland sees early in the morning, an updated forecast says.

Initial forecasts Monday morning called only for rain and a few snowflakes in most of the state, but by 3 p.m. the forecast was calling for measurable snow for several counties. A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington D.C. office for all or parts of Baltimore, Howard, Carroll and Harford counties, plus the city of Frederick.

The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The updated forecast calls for rain to change to snow, with total accumulations of up to two inches. Winds will gust as high as 35 mph.

"Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute," the NWS said.

Snow will be heavy at times, with rates of around 1/2 to 1 inch per hour through mid-morning Tuesday. Visibility may be reduced to less than one-half mile at times.

No winter weather advisory has been issued for Anne Arundel, Montgomery or Prince George's counties.

Early Monday, the NWS said the Baltimore-DC region should only get a few snowflakes mixed into a steady rain as a nor'easter hits New York and New England.

Much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and parts of New York are under winter storm warnings, the National Weather Service said.

A hazardous weather outlook is also in place for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, Tidal Potomac River, and I-95 corridor through central Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the agency said.

"A soaking rain may lead to a few isolated instances of minor flooding overnight," the NWS said.

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