Heavy snow continued to fall in Harford County Tuesday night as the temperature dipped into the teens.
While forecasters had predicted a subzero wind chill, the air was still near downtown Bel Air.
North Hickory Avenue was quiet, except for the occasional car, pickup truck or snowplow.
The backup horn of a snowplow could also be heard - a bright yellow Town of Bel Air pickup with a blade attached to the front was being used to clear the parking lot between Town Hall and the Bel Air branch of the Harford County Public Library on North Hickory.
The snow had been falling since around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Harford County remains under a winter storm warning until 11 p.m. Tuesday, and a wind chill advisory through noon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
As much as 10 inches was predicted to fall on northern Harford County and up to 8 inches on southern Harford, according to the Department of Emergency Services.
No one was out walking on North Hickory – the cold began to bite if one stood in one spot for even a few minutes, and large mounds of snow continued to grow under the steady patter of the white stuff.
Harford County Public Schools were scheduled to be closed for students, faculty and staff Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They were also scheduled to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for students, but open for professional development for faculty and staff. Snow canceled the two professional development days, giving students, faculty and staff a five-day weekend. It was announced Tuesday that schools would be operating on Code Green, meaning only essential staff should report for work Wednesday. They must wait for instructions from their supervisors before coming to work, according to the HCPS website.
Cecil County Public Schools are closed for students and 10-month staff Wednesday because of the inclement weather.
The school system offices will open at 10 a.m.
Harford Community College is scheduled to open at noon Wednesday, according to the college website; students should contact their instructors for information about their final exams.
Harford County government offices will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday and liberal leave will be available for employees.
County senior centers will be closed. Parks and recreation activities that take place on school property are typically canceled when schools close because of the weather.
Regarding activities in parks and recreation facilities, participants should listen to local radio stations such as WAMD or WBAL, or contact their program administrator, according to the county website.
Announcements regarding Harford County Transit schedules will also be broadcast on those stations, or riders can call 410-612-1621 or 410-838-2562 for more information between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Proving Ground will open two hours late Wednesday for non-essential employees.
Driving conditions were slick all around the county as the snow continued to throughout the day.
Forty vehicle accidents had been reported since midnight Monday, Rich Gardiner and Jennifer Chenworth-Price of the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association noted on their PIO Media Facebook page Tuesday night.