Harford County: Stay Off Roads

Check out the timeline for the winter storm in Harford County.

Rocks State Park at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2014. (Credit: CHART)
Rocks State Park at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2014. (Credit: CHART)

After receiving dozens of calls about crashes, Harford County emergency management officials asked citizens Tuesday afternoon to stay off the roads.

Since 7 a.m., the county's 911 call center has dispatched more than 30 calls for service involving crashes, five of which resulted in personal injury, according to a 3 p.m. statement from Harford County's Department of Emergency Services.

Officials said the majority of the crashes were directly related to severe weather conditions.

"Roads throughout Harford County are snow-covered and slippery," the statement said. "Additionally the combination of snow and wind gusts will reduce visibility."

To keep people safe, "Harford County emergency management officials are urging motorists to refrain from driving until weather and road conditions improve," the statement said.

Harford County Fire & EMS encouraged citizens with driveways to use them rather than parking in the street so that plows and emergency vehicles have a clearer path.

The State Highway Administration advised drivers that if their wipers are on, lights must be on as well.

Winter Storm Timeline

  • 7 a.m. Winter storm warning took effect, lasting until 11 p.m. Travel may be hazardous due to winter weather.
  • 9 a.m. Snow began in Harford County and will continue until early evening.
  • 11:30 a.m. Harford County declared snow emergency. Vehicles cannot park on "snow routes."
  • 6 p.m. Wind chill advisory in effect; temperatures may fall from -5 to -15 degrees, with cold air and strong winds (20 to 40 mph).
  • 10 p.m. Snow to taper off. Total expected to be 5 to 11 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Harford County emergency management reported there would be 8 to 10 inches in northern Harford and 6 to 8 inches in the southern part of the county.
  • 11 p.m. Winter storm warning expires in Harford County.
  • Wednesday 12 p.m. Wind chill advisory expires.
  • Wednesday through Friday, arctic conditions for most of the state of Maryland. Use extreme caution outdoors and dress in layers.
Joe White January 21, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Please tell people to turn on their lights. I returned from delivering Meals On Wheels today, and I couldn't believe how many vehicles had no lights on in heavy snow. A silver car came up behind me when I wanted to change lanes, and I did not see it until the last moment.
Elizabeth Janney January 21, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Hi Joe, That's a great point to note. We added that people should turn on their lights, especially since Maryland law requires drivers to use their headlights when wipers are on continuously due to visibility conditions.
bill runser January 21, 2014 at 06:09 PM
I left work in Baltimore city at 1:30 to go home to Forest Hill. NONE of the roads had been plowed or salted with 3" or more of slush on 95, Rt 152, Rt 1, etc. how atrocious that 'our' exorbitant taxes cannot do far better!
Melissa M January 21, 2014 at 07:53 PM
I drove from Baltimore City to Forest Hill between noon and 1pm and I saw plows on both 95 north and south, Rte 152 and even on my street, which is considered a "back road". Sorry you missed them.
Bryan January 21, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Another bit of advice: Just because you have a truck doesn't give you the right to "fly by" cars as if you are untouchable and could never cause or get into an accident! Be smarter and don't provoke Mother Nature.


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