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Harford County Government: Roads 75% Clear, Plows 'Working Nonstop'

How much more is coming, and when will it hit?

Plow drivers are out clearing roads in Harford County, but more snow is on the horizon, emergency management officials said in a message to citizens Friday afternoon.

Harford County is under a winter weather advisory from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which reported one to three inches of snow may fall between midnight and Saturday afternoon. Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said that two to four inches were expected in Harford County.

Counties included in the winter weather advisory are Harford, Carroll and northern Baltimore counties, and citizens in those places can expect travel difficulties due to snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, according to the weather service.

For the past two days, Harford County employees have been "working nonstop to clear streets of snow left by the very significant weather event of Feb. 12 to 13, which was the largest snowfall in the past four years," county officials said.

Snowfall was on the high end of projections, including accumulations Thursday night, officials said. The National Weather Service released the following unofficial snow totals in Harford County Friday:

  • Norrisville—21.5 inches (as of 8:30 a.m. Friday)
  • Scarboro—18 inches (as of 8 a.m. Friday)
  • Bel Air—17 inches (as of 10:10 p.m. Thursday)

"Because of the evening snow, crews needed to return to primary and secondary roads for plowing, rather than turning their attention to local roads and cul-de-sacs," Harford County officials said. "This has delayed the clearing process for local roads."

Approximately 75 percent of Harford County roads were cleared by Friday morning, and the county hoped to complete the local roads and cul-de-sacs by Friday night.

The volume of snow was making clearing a challenge, the county reported.

"This is wet heavy snow, and on small streets, there is limited space to push it," Harford County reported. "Progress will be slow, however we are making every effort to clear streets curb to curb. Crews are hard at work and we appreciate your patience."

Snow removal efforts will continue over the weekend, the county reported.

kathy kelly February 15, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Hats off to all the marvelous people who have kept our county going during all this snow/ice!!! We appreciate all your efforts! And thanks to your families for having shared you with us -- I know they missed having you around. I grew up in Baltimore City, lived on a side street, which never got plowed -- and I mean never!
Amanda Beanblossom February 15, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Thank you Harford County crews! You do an amazing job clearing the roads. My family is so appreciative of your hard work and long hours.

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