Thunder Snow Timeline for Bel Air

Snow, sleet and rain are on the way to Harford County.

The forecasters are calling for "thunder snow" around Maryland. Much of the state is under a winter storm warning from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Friday, meaning significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. The governor asked Marylanders to stay off the roads as of 10 p.m. Wednesday for a storm he said would last 24 hours.

Here's what the National Weather Service has to say about Bel Air.
  • After 10 p.m., snow will start falling, with 2 to 4 inches total overnight. (Editor's note: Citizens in Bel Air and the Aberdeen Police Department reported snow had already started between 7:30 and 8 p.m.)
  • Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said accumulations overnight "will make rush hour travel hazardous."
  • Between 10 a.m. and noon, snow and sleet will fall, adding 3 to 5 inches of accumulation.
  • After noon, rain and sleet will take over, then rain and snow.
  • After 11 p.m. just snow will fall, with less than 1 inch accumulating.
All together, that totals approximately 5 to 10 inches of accumulation in Bel Air by Thursday night.

To allow for plowing and emergency services, Harford County Department of Public Works requested that citizens park off the street and clear snow from fire hydrants near their residences.

"Because this is going to be a very heavy wet snow and anticipated wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph on Thursday, I would expect to see power outages with this storm," Ayers said.

In the event of power outages, Harford County volunteer fire companies have offered their firehouses for shelter and warmth, Ayers said.

The forecast calls for a blustery day on Thursday, with winds up to 22 mph in Bel Air, where the high is 34 degrees and the low is 26, according to the National Weather Service.

Are you ready for the storm? Tell us in the comments!
OldHarfordCounty February 12, 2014 at 09:23 PM
"All together, that totals approximately 5 to 10 inches of accumulation in Bel Air by Thursday night." and the headline "Up to 18 Inches". Please pick on or the other.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 09:49 PM
This article cites the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.


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