The outage meant the detention center went on lockdown and prisoner movement was limited throughout the facility. Afternoon visitation was also canceled, he said.

"Everything gets canceled, everything gets postponed," he said of the situation. "Any hearings that were necessitated this afternoon were moved to tomorrow [Thursday]."

Hopkins said the incident did not severely impact operations at the detention center and no calls for service came from the facility.

"It's something that we encounter once in a while," he said.


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Other than Route 924, Hopkins said he only knew of two other roads that were closed for about 30 minutes for accidents, both in Fallston. One was Ryan Road near Carrs Mill Road and the other was Hess Road just west of Route 152.

Transformer fire

The call for a transformer fire in the Rock Spring area between Bel Air and Forest Hill was dispatched to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company just after 5:30 p.m., according to monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcasts.

An Aegis photographer driving through the area said power appeared to be out in the Forest Lakes Community and at ShopRite, Chick-fil-A and other commercial establishments north along Route 24 to just before Jarrettsville Road in the center of Forest Hill.

By 9 p.m., power was back in much of the commercial area along Route 24 and in Forest Lakes. The BGE online outage map, however, was still showing about 150 customers without power in the area of Route 24 and Newport Drive.

The BGE outage map showed just six of the company's 100,097 Harford County customers were without power as of early Thursday afternoon; however, the map also showed that 2,048 had power restored since Wednesday's weather event.

More wet weather coming

Though the rain finally moved out of Harford and skies over Bel Air cleared by 8:30 Thursday morning, there is likely to be only a brief respite from snow and rain.

After sunny skies today (Friday), with a high forecast near 40, clouds are expected move into Harford County overnight in advance of some potentially slippery weather Saturday.

As of late Thursday, the National Weather Service forecast for the Bel Air area said to expect snow before 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by rain and snow the rest of the daylight hours.

The high temperature forecast for Saturday is 35 degrees, and the NWS forecast says there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation with new amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.

The NWS forecast for Sunday is for partly sunny skies with a high near 35.