Harford's first snow day

Gail Kalb of Bel Air watches her 7-year-old daughter Olivia show off her balance and skills while standing up on her sled during a day off from school and an afternoon of playing in the snow at Forest Lakes Elementary on Monday. (BRIAN KRISTA | AEGIS STAFF, The Aegis / December 9, 2013)

With forecasters predicting several more inches of snow will hit Central Maryland early Tuesday morning Harford County Public Schools are closed.

Harford County government offices are also closed Tuesday, and the Harford County Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening is canceled.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the county government announced that Harford Transit Link bus services had ceased operations effective immediately because of the weather and the rapidly deteriorating road conditions.

Harford public schools are closed and employees will be on "Code Green," meaning that "essential personnel should await further directions before reporting for duty," according to an advisory the school system released shortly after 5:30 a.m.

Cecil County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools also are closed Tuesday.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday, the county Department of Emergency Services announced that highway and other personnel are mobilized in anticipation of the additional snowfall and other hazardous weather conditions.

The Emergency Operations Center will activate to Level at approximately 7 a.m., the department said in a news advisory.

"Representatives from the Emergency Management staff, law enforcement, fire and EMS and the Department of Public Works, Division of Highways will staff the Center. The Harford County EOC will remain activated throughout the duration of the storm," the advisory states.

The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways personnel have reported for duty and are preparing for the storm, the advisory continued. The Division of Highways is responsible for clearing more than 1,000 road miles of county roads.

Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers urges motorists to slow down and use caution when driving conditions begin to deteriorate due to snow, sleet and freezing weather.

Tuesday forecast

According to http://www.baltimoresun.com National Weather Service forecasters predict that 3 to 5 more inches will fall Tuesday on top of the snow that blanketed the region, including Harford County, on Sunday.

The snow is expected to begin falling around sunrise Tuesday and continue through the morning rush, according to NWS forecast.

State Highway Administration officials advise motorists to stay off the road Tuesday morning as crews clear the highways.

"If the storm arrives during the morning rush hour on Tuesday, we ask people to delay travel – stay OFF the roads and allow professional drivers the ability to plow the roads," SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said in a news release. "Crews need space to operate and if they are stuck in the same traffic as everyone else, they cannot do their job."

First snow arrived Sunday

Sunday's first snowstorm of the season, which dumped 7 to 8 inches of snow on Harford, led to many activities being canceled around the county on Monday.

Public schools, libraries and county government closed for the day, although circuit and district courts were open.

The Board of Education meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday was canceled.

A Community Input meeting scheduled for Monday night on a proposal to build a continuing care retirement community and about 120 single-family homes on land off North Fountain Green Road in the Bel Air area was also canceled. It had been scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. at Southampton Middle School of Bel Air.