The the first snowstorm of 2014 dumped six to eight inches of the white stuff accross Harford County from Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning, forcing the closure of schools and government offices.

On Monday, the weather – heavy morning fog – was a factor in schools opening two hours late.

Driving conditions throughout the weekend, from Friday through Sunday, were treacherous, with mulitple accidents, though none serious, were reported across the county.

At 1 p.m. Monday, it remained to be seen what would happen with schools Tuesday morning, when temperatures are expected to be in the teens, with the wind chill making it feel like -15 degrees.

The county government initially planned to open its offices at 10 a.m. Friday, later moved the starting time back to noon but then announced a complete shudown for the day.

Aberdeen Proving Ground operated on a four-hour delay.

Temperatures were expected to drop throughout Monday into the single digits Monday night, with a low of 7 degrees, and a high of 17 predicted for Tuesday. With wind gusts predicted between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, Harford is under a wind chill advisory from midnight until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"Dangerously low wind chills could then lead to frostbite and hypothermia Monday evening through Tuesday," according to the advisory.

Bob Thomas, spokesman for the county's Department of Emergency Services, said about eight inches of snow fell across the county's northern tier, with accumlations closer to six inches in and around Bel Air and in the eastern and southern areas of the county.

The snow began falling about 3:30 p.m. in the Bel Air area on Thursday and ended around 2 a.m. Friday.

Dangerous roads

First snow-covered, then icy roads made for some difficult driving over the weekend.

Snow and ice were to blame for nearly dozens of accidents between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, while ice caused more than a dozen crashes on Saturday and freezing rain caused about 10 more accidents Sunday morning.

Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways started treating roads before the snow started, dispatching more than 130 personnel, both employees and contractors, Thursday afternoon; they worked until approximately 10 p.m., according to a news release from Robert Thomas, spokesman for the Harford Department of Emergency Services. County and contractor crews and equipment resumed plowing and treating county roads at approximately 3 a.m. Friday.

On Thursday night, Route 161 was for several hours, police said.

A portion of Route 161 [Darlington Road] in the Havre de Grace area remained closed around 11 p.m., several hours after a utility pole was damaged as a result of a two-vehicle accident.

No one was injured in the crash, the result of icy roads, but power lines were downed and the damaged pole later fell across the road, according to Maryland State Police.

Crews with BGE were on the scene at Route 161 and Green Spring Road, clearing the lines and repairing the pole.

Thirteen customers were affected, according to BGE's online Outage Map. Utility officials projected that power would be restored by 3:15 a.m. Friday.

Sgt. Robert Cummins, duty officer and shift commander at the State Police Bel Air barrack, said the crash was reported at 6:50 p.m. Thursday and the road remained closed until late in the night.